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.
I live in Sulphur with my wife, Audrey. We have been married for 37 years and raised two amazing daughters. I graduated from Dickson High School and then went on to Southeastern Oklahoma State University, where I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Conservation.

What prompted you to run for this office?
I entered this race because I am a True Conservative that believes government must be at all levels kept to a minimum. When revenue is down you search for every option you can before you ask the voters for a tax increase and that you never vote to increase taxes without their consent through a vote of the people.  That is the promise I will make to the people of District 14.     

What challenges do you expect to encounter if elected?
The first challenge I will face will be to create a Conservative Caucus that will stand for our values, and fight to block the progressive tax and spend liberals whose main goal is to increase the tax base in every way they can.
My second challenge will be reforming welfare. Over the last eight years, there has been no welfare reform.
Third challenge will be getting proper taxation on the wind industry. We have wasted millions on wind energy and they are not paying their fair share.
My final challenge I expect to encounter and must be addressed immediately is funding education properly. We must reform education, cut the waste and come up with new ideas to help schools become more efficient.

What do you hope to accomplish?
I hope to accomplish stopping the progressive movement of tax and spend liberals in Oklahoma. I plan to work to put our state back on track to fund core services and infrastructure. I plan to see that we put back line item budgeting for every state funded agency.

How do you plan to meet your goals?
I plan to meet my goals by making our State do forensic audits of all State agencies. I also plan to lower regulations and taxes on enterprise to encourage enterprise rather than pushing enterprise out of our State. It is an idea that has always worked if given four years or more to work, lowering taxes raises revenue. Waste and fraud in almost every agency must be stopped.

 What do you see as the biggest challenges facing the state?
The biggest challenges our state faces is funding education properly, lowering taxes, and ending burdensome regulations that discourages growth of our state.

What do you see as the biggest legislative need facing your district?
The biggest legislative need facing my district is one that is truly facing all districts of our state and that is finding the waste and fraud in our state and holding people accountable.