ENID, OK – Enid physician Ross Vanhooser announced Tuesday he will run as a Republican candidate for the state Senate seat for District 19 currently held by Sen. Patrick Anderson.
Anderson, Enid-19 (R), will vacate the seat due to term limits. Anderson was first voted into office in 2004.
“The citizens of Northwest Oklahoma have been very fortunate to have had an excellent senator representing us for many years, but term limits are soon bringing his service to an end,” Vanhooser said in a statement announcing his candidacy. “It is in a truly humble spirit that I have decided to pursue the opportunity. I don’t pretend to have all the answers, but I am very willing to listen to concerns, explore reasonable solutions and try to always do the right thing. Imperfect but forgiven, I believe each of us can make a difference, and I hope to be an agent of positive change in our political system.”
Vanhooser has served in leadership roles at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center and Integris Bass Baptist Health Center over the past 23 years, including the role of medical director of radiology and serving on the board of directors.
“Our state government faces challenging times, and it will take strong leadership to rein in spending problems while protecting valid expenditures,” Vanhooser said. “It is my belief that less government involvement in our daily lives is a key to long-term preservation of our liberties and long-term economic growth. We need transparent funding of state agencies, and we must lift the veil on the federal regulations attempting to replace what should be local control of our schools, health care and water.”
According to the release, Vanhooser is pro-life and a supporter of the Second Amendment. Using his medical background, Vanhooser wants to influence state health care policy.
“We have opportunities to improve the health care of our citizens without ‘Obamacare’-mandated tax increases on hard-working citizens,” Vanhooser said.
Vanhooser said he believes state government must provide accurate, useful information on education funding while addressing teacher shortages and classroom challenges. He said he supports increasing parental control in education through school choice, including charter schools and education savings accounts.
“We need thoughtful, civil discussions that focus on the needs of Oklahoma children if we want to make a positive difference in our state’s future,” Vanhooser said.
Elections for Oklahoma Senate District 19 will be held along with other major elections in June of 2016. You can find more information about the candidates on FortySix News 2016 Elections page.