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Race for a One Year Political Post

Filed by Michael Cross in Feature, Local News, News, Oklahoma Votes, Politics.
October 10, 2011

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Polls are opening on Tuesday for a special election in Senate District 43 to pick a representative who will only be in the State Capitol for one session.

Senate District 43 is moving from southeast Oklahoma City, Del City and Moore after redistricting next year to McClain, Grady and Stevens County.

Former Iraq Army Combat Medic Kenneth Meador is running as the Democratic candidate and says District 43 deserves strong representation even for just one year.

“I plan to bring the values and integrity that I learned in the military to our state capitol, and I’m going to fight hard to make sure that we have good jobs and good schools and that we’re honoring our commitment to our senior citizens and our veterans.”

Meador is going to school at Oklahoma City Community College so he doesn’t plan to move with the district next year.

His opponent, Greg Childers says he hasn’t made any plans for the future, he’s just running right now as the Republican candidate.

The former Norman Postal Training Center worker and OU instructor says he wants to focus on better pre-K education and less government.

“I’d like to get some of the regulations and things that are tying down some of our small businesses and get those things freed up so these guys so they can start hiring more people. Things like that.”

Meador or Childers will fill the seat left vacant when Jim Reynolds resigned to take the position of Cleveland County Treasurer.

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