DURANT, Okla. – Hello again, everybody! This week’s column contains my re-election announcement speech:
“Eight years ago, many of us gathered to begin a campaign to create a brighter future by building on the progress of the past. Together, we built the brighter future we envisioned.
“The world, our nation, and our state are different now than when we began this journey together. Still, the keys to a renewed vision of a brighter future are what they have always been: better jobs, improved education, and real tax relief.
“In the past eight years, we have come far. As our nation and state are in the grips of the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, our state in general and our area in particular have remained strong.
“While neighbors in other states have seen dreams stolen and hope destroyed by the economic challenges of these times, the policies we have championed – economic development, lower taxes, improved schools – have ensured we will be the first out of this recession.
“We dare not waver in our work or our commitment to a brighter future. We dare not slow in the drive to create our own destiny. We must continue to turn every challenge into opportunity.
“I stand before you today, ready to renew my commitment to the people of Atoka, Bryan, Coal, Johnston and Marshall counties – to fight for a future that is limited only by our dreams.
“That kind of future does not happen by accident. It takes hard work, it takes courage, and it takes leadership. It takes someone willing to give everything they have for the people they wish to serve.
“That is the record on which I stand as I declare that I will be a candidate for re-election to the Oklahoma Senate.
“We must tell the world – time and again – that there is no better place to live, work and raise a family. We must support families, we must defend freedom and we must create opportunity.
“We have much to be thankful for. Still, we must never become satisfied with the way things are. No longer must we allow ‘good enough’ to be good enough. Our lives are too short and our challenges are too great to settle for anything less than the best the future has to offer.
“We must dream of a future that is limited only by the strength of our souls and the dedication of our hearts. My friends, I pledge to continue putting every bit of my ability and my energy to making rural Oklahoma even better – for today and in the future.
“As we begin this journey again, I once again ask you for your vote, your support and – most importantly – your prayers. Together, our struggle begins anew, our dreams rise to the challenge, and our work to create a brighter future will never end.”
Thanks again for reading the “Senate Minute.” Have a great week, and may God bless you all.