The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Opinion

June 18, 2014

We endorse Roy Chaney of Newkirk to represent District 38

ENID, Okla. — With six candidates vying for state House District 38, the Republican primary is almost guaranteed to have a runoff.

While voters have many choices in Tuesday’s primary election, we believe Roy Chaney of Newkirk is the best option to represent this largely rural district in north-central Oklahoma.

Chaney is the most balanced candidate, boasting a background in both education and city government.

Chaney, the mayor of Newkirk, claims to be the only District 38 candidate that’s been in an elected office, even though it was just a municipality. He understands the crucial importance of local control issues.

A recently retired educator, Chaney spent more than four decades in education. He has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in education from Oklahoma State University.

Prior to working as a government and history instructor at Northern Oklahoma College in Tonkawa, he spent 10 years in the Newkirk Public School district serving a variety of administrative positions.

It’s no surprise that he lists education as his top priority.

Chaney also acknowledges agriculture is a key driver of this district’s economy.

“I think we have to continue to support both farming and ranching, and we need to eliminate some of the regulations that make it tough,” he said at an election forum.

Chaney has been married to his wife, Nancy, for nearly 40 years, has two sons and five grandchildren. He is an active member of the United Methodist Church in Newkirk.

A member of the NRA and a licensed concealed permit holder, Chaney will defend our Second Amendment rights.

More than anything, Chaney will be most reflective of his district. He’s willing to listen to his constituents and be a true representative.

 “I think I’ve demonstrated that over my lifetime of community service in many organizations, and I’m just wanting to continue in that service and offer myself to the voters of the 38th District,” Chaney said.

Chaney has pledged to listen, seek out information and strive to solve problems for individuals in his district. We could use more representation like this from our lawmakers.

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