Republicans around Durant gathered Monday afternoon to hear from some of their candidates for different offices.
Ron Boyer, running for Bryan County Commissioner, Darrel Robertson, running for Congress and Randy Brogdon, running for U.S. Senate spoke to the crowd about what they feel needs changed in the area and in America.
Ron Boyer started by saying that instead of interpreting laws by how they are written, we should be interpreting them by why they were written.
“Our language is always changing, so if we were to go based strictly on the way their words are, we would continually interpret this law differently each time,” said Boyer.
Boyer is running for the District One Commissioner’s seat in Bryan County. He said he has been informed that his biggest problem in the race is getting people to vote in the first place.
The district has approximately 14,000 people but only about 2,000 vote.
He said he feels the younger generation does not take voting seriously. Boyer encouraged the crowd to reach out to the younger generation to get them to vote.
He said his goal is to continue the frugal attitude Monty Montgomery, the current commissioner, held during his time so that money is not spent incorrectly.
Robertson is running for U.S. Congress District Two. He said he feels we need a strong conservative for district two.
Robertson said he is a successful farm owner and bass fisherman. He has also owned a construction company.
He said all he has accomplished was with the help of God. He said God is the one who will straighten the country out.
Robertson said he did vote for Congressman Markwayne Mullin, but does not agree with the way Mullin votes on many issues.
He quoted Mullin as saying that he would give 30 percent to gain 70 percent of what he wants. Robertson said he does not agree with this philosophy.
According to Robertson, Mullin said he wanted smaller government but voted the wrong way when the chance for smaller government presented itself twice.
Robertson said he feels we should turn several federally run programs over to the state and pay the state those taxes instead of the federal government.
Brogdon, who is running for U.S. Senate, began by explaining that the United States was not designed to be one nation, but rather a united collection of 50 sovereign and free independent states.
“We all entered into these United States. We’re not the United States. We’re these individual states united in purpose and in cause,” said Brogdon.
Brogdon said he will be a different kind of senator than has ever been seen because he is running not because he wants to, but because he feels he needs to.
He said he is not a politician, but a servant and will do what politicians won’t. Brogdon said he wants to correct the wrongs being inflicted on everyone in the state of Oklahoma.
He said he doesn’t care about the other states, but about the state that he chose to live in.
“I still believe in a republican form of government, where the people are sovereign, where we recognize that our liberty doesn’t come from government, but it comes from our sovereign God and handed down to us,” said Brogdon.
Brogdon said it is our job to protect those liberties and he spoke about the need for smaller government to do that.
- Jessica Breger can be reached at (580) 924-4388 ext. 116 or on Twitter @jbreger_news