Claremore Daily Progress


June 3, 2006

Chelsea mayor up for House seat

Chelsea Mayor Kenny Weast has announced his candidacy for the Oklahoma House of Representatives District 6 seat.

Weast, a Democrat and lifelong Chelsea resident, believes the people of District 6 deserve “a real leader who listens to their concerns and who will work tirelessly with others to find solutions.”

Weast pledges a campaign of ideals and strong initiatives to keep House District 6 represented by a formidable Democrat.

“I believe my experience of representing the residents of Chelsea over the past three years has enabled me to be a leader who values the importance of every single person, while realizing the significance of a teamwork approach to accomplish set goals,” Weast said.

Economic development, public education, roads and bridges, and health care are among his primary concerns for Oklahoma.

Weast believes Oklahoma must focus on creating quality jobs, maintaining grant opportunities, and making “every facet of our state attractive” so businesses will open and relocate to the state and existing companies will stay and grow. Weast also favors more tourism funding, especially for the Will Rogers Museum and Ranch. He supports a minimum wage increase to help the state’s economy and improve living conditions statewide.

“We must continue to increase funding for education and continue to provide school systems with the tools essential for teaching Oklahoma’s youth,” Weast said. “Teacher and support staff pay must be increased and the Teacher’s Retirement Fund must be fully funded.”

Weast is also dedicated to the state’s public universities and colleges and to expanding the programs for Oklahoma’s vocational schools.

“The state must find the resources to truly solve this dangerous situation. As leaders, we must work together to fund radical improvements to our dilapidated roads and bridges because improved roads and bridges are vital to Oklahoma’s future. Also important is the broadening of the Pelivan Transit Service, which is so important for northeastern Oklahoma,” Weast said.

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