Claremore Daily Progress


March 23, 2014

Burrows seeks Dist. 3 Commissioner seat


Ron Burrows, general manager for the Claremore Expo Center, announced that he is seeking the position of District 3 Rogers County Commissioner. The position is currently held by Kirt Thacker. 
Burrows’ campaign will emphasize his 30-plus year work history, his solid background in budget processes and his proven ability to be a leader, as well as a team player. Burrows’ platform includes a focus on public safety, working in harmony with all entities throughout Rogers County to better serve its citizens and, most importantly, fiscal and budget responsibility.  Burrows vows that if elected he will work with local law enforcement and other agencies to identify the county’s needs and help ensure that resources are available to accomplish important issues, with a focus on budget management.
“We as taxpayers deserve to feel safe and secure in our communities,” Burrows said. “How much more could we accomplish if all the entities throughout Rogers County worked in harmony toward common goals?”
This is Burrows first time to seek a public office and he believes that his more than 30-year work history has helped him develop the skills needed to be an effective county commissioner.
“I’ve never run for a public office before, so I’m going to approach this election the same way I would if I were applying for a job,” Burrows said. “I’ll highlight my work experiences that qualify me for this important job.”
In the five years that Burrows has been the Claremore Expo Center general manager, the Expo Center has improved in many areas, most notably improved efficiency of the staff. 
“More than 100,000 people attend events at the Expo Center each year and the staff is really challenged to accommodate the events and the crowds they attract. Since I became general manager, the number of event days has increased by approximately 100 days per year, but our staff has stayed the same” Burrows said. “We’ve managed to keep up with the growth by developing better processes and procedures and working smarter.”

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