MIDWEST CITY (March 12, 2016) — Midwest City resident Jeff Ferguson announced today that he will seek the Democratic nomination for State House District 101. The seat is being vacated by long-time State Representative Gary Banz, who is term limited.
When asked why he is running, Ferguson offered many reasons. “Now more than ever, House District 101 needs a representative who will be a voice of the people rather than lobbyists and big business.” Ferguson said. “We need someone who understands the struggle of working class Oklahomans.”
Going further, Ferguson stated, “Everyone knows someone who has experienced the results of a government that has not been responsive to their needs or concerns. We see it all the time. Irresponsible fiscal policy coming out of the capitol is right now hurting Oklahomans, and what results do we see? Five-figure pay raises for government elites, while the average, hard-working state worker hasn’t seen a pay raise in years.”
“I’m angry about what I see all around me,” Ferguson says. “When I see good teachers leaving the state because of irresponsible government, I know it hurts this great state and the children who call Oklahoma home. While I am glad to see the House of Representatives finally passed a bill requiring insurance companies to cover children with autism, I am frustrated that Oklahoma is one of the last states to do so.”
“Oklahoma is full of leaders,” Ferguson said. “Oklahoma should lead the nation in progress and innovations. Instead, we seem hell-bent on leading the nation in lowest paid teachers. You bet I’m angry.”
“Too many of our teachers are choosing between leaving the State or leaving their profession. Oklahoma cannot afford to lose our best teachers to surrounding states,” Ferguson continued regarding the state of education in Oklahoma. “As a concerned parent, my goal will be to secure the future of our children by improving our education system and special needs services.”
“My family has owned and operated businesses in Oklahoma for generations, I understand the impact that small businesses have in our district and Oklahoma,” said Ferguson.
“These are tough times for Oklahoma, but I know the people of the 101st House District aren’t ready to give up and neither am I,” said Ferguson. “I am excited about running for State Representative and I look forward to meeting you. I will be traveling all through the district and meeting people in Midwest City, Choctaw, Harrah, Nicoma Park, and I want to hear their concerns.”
Jeff is a fourth generation Oklahoman, a veteran of the United States Navy, ardent public media supporter and devoted father of four children who attend Mid-Del schools. As the father of a child who has significant special needs, Ferguson says, “As any parent know, raising a child today is a tough job, and having a child with special needs in Oklahoma creates a whole other set of hurdles to overcome.” Jeff says “The Oklahoma family is suffering at a level that has never been expected. From the public schools to health care, the current state government has done everything in its power to make it harder on the working Oklahoman. I want to help our government be responsive to the people, responsible in its actions and spending, and one that offers results for the taxpayer’s dollar.”
For more information, visit www.JeffFergusonForOk.com.