The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

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March 18, 2014

Candidate announces for rural district north of Enid

ENID, Okla. — A Grant County businessman has announced his intent to run for the Oklahoma House.

Ralph Meade, a Republican, lives on a farm near Nardin and Deer Creek with his wife. He attends church in Medford. Meade said he grew up on a cattle ranch in Oklahoma.

“Being a fourth-generation Oklahoma farmer and business owner gives me a unique perspective, from which I can represent all the people of District 38,” Meade said.

Meade’s district currently is represented by Rep. Dale DeWitt, R-Braman. DeWitt cannot run for re-election because of term limits. The district includes part of Garfield County.

Meade’s top priorities, he said in a press release, include jobs and education.

“Creating excellence in classroom education, along with an emphasis on higher teacher salaries and support, will increase our ability to attract jobs and opportunities to our district and grow Oklahoma,” the release stated.

The press release also noted Meade’s belief in protecting the environment for future generations, and his support for the Second Amendment.

“It’s time to grow Oklahoma,” Meade said. “The hard-working people of this district deserve someone who cares deeply about the district, someone who thinks independently and creatively and who will be open and accessible.”

Meade owns Oklahoma Land Office, a real estate firm in Medford.

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