Editor’s note: This is part of an ongoing series of profiles introducing area candidates running for local elected offices.
Please introduce yourself: Include hometown, education and family.
My name is Jordan Buck. I am 28 years old. I was raised and currently reside in Wilson, Okla. I graduated high school from Wilson in 2008 and I am currently attending Murray State College. I am married to Farrah Buck and I have four children, Langston, Aspyn, Ivy, and Kelley. The last five and a half years, I have worked as a maintenance technician at the Michelin plant in Ardmore. Prior to that, I worked a few different jobs in the oil and gas industry.
What prompted you to run for this office?
The lack of representation for the middle class, the working man and woman has concerned me for awhile now. Along with that, our state seems to be making poor decisions left and right. I also felt that the citizens of our district did not have a voice in the way that our Representative was voting, and that is frustrating. Instead of waiting and hoping that someone with my stance on what a Representative should be would run, I decided that I would just run myself.
What challenges do you expect to encounter if elected?
I am sure there will be many challenges. The state is broken right now and it will not be an overnight fix. There are some tough decisions that need to be made. I believe that my biggest challenge will be getting people to understand that I am not in this to play a partisan game, I am in it for my constituents and what is best for them.
What do you hope to accomplish?
There are numerous things that I would like to see done. The obvious ones are funding for education and other state agencies, criminal justice reform, which includes expansions of drug courts and work programs, and economic growth for our area and state. I would like to help the working class of people, because I believe that they are the backbone of this country and right now they are getting the short end of the stick in many different aspects. On top of those, I hope to bridge the gap between our legislature and our citizens. I hope to become more involved with the citizens and what they want. I want to hear their opinions and I want people to know that they do have a voice and if the right people are elected then that voice can be very loud.
How do you plan to meet your goals?
I think meeting my goals will involve a lot of listening and learning. There are people out there who have expertise on one subject or another and if we are willing to take the time and reach out to these people then finding solutions can be much easier than we are making it.
What do you see as the biggest challenges facing the state?
I think the biggest challenge facing the state is their lack of willingness to work together. All you hear about is that Democrats want this or Republicans want this. I believe that if we learn that both sides can voice their opinion and also work on a common solution, then we will make great strides in putting this state back on the right track.
What do you see as the biggest legislative need facing your district?
As I said earlier, I believe that the biggest need for our district is actual Representation. District 48 is full of hard working men and women and they need to be heard and represented. They need someone that is willing to reach out to them, hear their concerns and then take those concerns to the Capitol, stand firm, and address them.