Sunday, November 01, 2015

Republican Rick West announces for HD3

Rick West Announces Candidacy for Oklahoma House District 3

Heavener, OK, ­Nov. 1, 2015–  Rancher and long-time Le Flore County resident Rick West has announced his candidacy for the Oklahoma House District 3 seat.  West, a Republican, is running for the legislative seat that is being vacated by current State Rep. James Lockhart.

“I am ready to serve the people of House District 3 as their next State Representative,” said West.  “And I am ready to work hard to bring more jobs to Le Flore County while reducing government waste.”

Born in North Carolina, West has lived in Le Flore County since 1977. In 1979, he married his wife of 36 years, Jan, and they moved to Hontubby Community just outside of Heavener, where they run a cattle and poultry farm.

“Living in Le Flore County for almost 40 years, I know firsthand the problems that face the people in District 3,” said West.  “And you can be confident knowing that I will work hard for each and every person in our district.”

In 2012, West retired after 36 years of service from USDA/APHIS (Animal /Plant Health Inspection Service) as an animal health technician. Rick also worked to help reduce outbreaks that have affected the livestock in Oklahoma and across the country including finding ways to combat the Exotic Newcastle Disease, BSE (Mad Cow disease), Avian Influenza, Tuberculosis, & Brucellosis.

West and family are members of the Big Creek Baptist Church in Heavener where he serves a deacon and Sunday School teacher. Rick is also a member of the Farm Bureau, the American Farmer and Rancher, and the Poteau and Heavener Chambers of Commerce. In addition, Rick is active in the local and county Future Farmers of America and is a supporter of the local school academic and athletic activities.

Rick has also stayed active in the community by serving on the Le Flore County Equalization and Excise Board, the Le Flore County Fair Board, and the APHIS/ Native American Working Group, which is a liaison between the USDA and the Native American tribes in Oklahoma.

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