The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Election 2010

July 16, 2010

Larry Mack runs for County Commissioner

ENID — Larry Mack is running for the post of District 3 Garfield County commissioner because he thinks a number of the roads in district are unsafe after snow.

“I think the roads could be better, more safety on the highway when a snowstorm comes,” said Mack, of Bison.

He is seeking the Republican nomination for the post against James C. Simunek, of Waukomis. They are looking to replace Scott Savage, a Waukomis Republican who did not file for re-election.

The winner of the July 27 primary will win the seat because no Democrat or independent filed for the post.

After the last snowstorm, Mack said, roads were not cleared and he was concerned if something had happened in the county emergency vehicles could not have reached the scene.

He said he decided if he wanted to change things the only way is to run for county commissioner.

Mack, 54, was a 24-year employee of District 3 but left four years ago. He currently works for PPS Trucking, of Hennessey, performing a variety of jobs at the trucking firm. During his tenure with District 3, he operated a road grader, maintaining roads. He started in 1982, he said.

In addition to the roads, Mack said he has been talking to people who live outside Enid city limits who have water and drainage problems.

He said drainage systems are needed before roads can be built. The absence of a drainage system is a major problem, he said.

He also would improve the parking areas at Garfield County Fairgrounds. There are many areas that have deep potholes and are inefficiently patched, he said.

“We need to put some asphalt down in there and get it fixed,” he said. I have heard lots of complaints, that it has holes in it.”

Mack has lived in Garfield County all of his life and was born and raised in the home where he now resides.

Mack and his wife, Karen, have three grown children.

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