Gene Haynes has announced he will seek re-election to a fifth term as District Attorney for Rogers, Mayes and Craig counties.

“I am very proud of the job we have done over the past 16 years,” Haynes said. “I am especially proud of our reputation among victims of crime. Although nothing we do can erase their suffering, victims should have the satisfaction of knowing that justice was done.

“As prosecutor, I must take a tough stand to protect the public, but I must also be fair. My staff and I make decisions every day that have a lasting effect on people’s lives. It is important that we strike a balance between aggressive prosecution and fairness.”

Over the past four years, the greatest challenge of the District Attorney’s office has been the local manufacture and trade of methamphetamine. Haynes oversees the 12th District Drug Task Force which has been the leading force in combating illegal drug trade in the district.

Haynes was also instrumental in starting Drug Courts in each of the counties of the district. Drug Courts give drug and alcohol abusers an opportunity to avoid prison by completing an intensely supervised program of treatment and abstinence.

One of the most successful programs of Haynes’ office is the Bogus Check Restitution Program which assists businesses and others who have been victimized by “hot checks.” When a check is collected, 100 percent is returned to the victim along with a $25 victim’s fee. In 2005, the program returned $373,704.92 to victims. The cost of the program is funded by additional fees assessed to the check writer.

Haynes’ office also provides child support collection services. Under Haynes’ leadership, child support collections through his office have increased from slightly over $1 million in 1990 to $5.4 million in 2005.

Haynes is the son of Ernest and Beulah Haynes of Claremore. He is married to the former Jamil Hendrix, daughter of Barbara and the late Pete Hendrix. The couple has four children, Eugene, 20; Alex, 17; Hailey, 14; and Sierra, 12.

Haynes, 51, graduated from Claremore High School in 1973 and earned his bachelor’s degree in speech from the University of Oklahoma in 1976. He graduated from OU College of Law in 1980, where he was an editor of the Oklahoma Law Review. After law school, he was in private practice for six years before becoming an assistant district attorney in 1986.

Haynes is the immediate past president of the Oklahoma District Attorneys Association, and has served on the association’s board of directors for more than 15 years. He has also served as president, vice president and secretary of the Rogers County Bar Association.

He is the past president of the Claremore Optimist Club, was president of the Rogers County 4-H Leaders Council for five years, and has served on the organizing committee for the Rogers County Special Olympics since 1989.

Haynes is a founding board member of Rogers County Drug Abuse Program, Inc., a non-profit organization offering drug and alcohol treatment and counseling.

He is a member of the First United Methodist Church in Claremore and a member of the Cherokee Nation.

“It is a privilege to stand up in court and announce that I represent the citizens of Oklahoma,” Haynes said. “Hopefully the citizens of the district will approve of the job I have done, and give me that privilege for another four years.”