TAHLEQUAH, OK – Tahlequah City Councilor Stephen Highers announced his candidacy Friday for the Democrat nomination for Oklahoma Senate District 9. The seat, currently held by state Sen. Earl Garrison, is term limited in 2016.
“Senator Garrison has served our district well for over a decade,” said Highers. “With his term expiring, it’s time for new leaders to step up. I’ve lived and worked in northeast Oklahoma all my life and I know I have the right experience to move District 9 forward.”
Highers currently represents Ward 3 on the Tahlequah City Council and serves as the Entrepreneur Development Manager for the Cherokee Nation Small Business Assistance Center, where he is responsible for overseeing programs which provide community development and financing opportunities for small businesses in northeast Oklahoma.
“In my time on the Tahlequah City Council I’ve made it a priority to work for smart development that creates jobs and improves quality of life,” Highers said. “Going forward, I know we need to strengthen communities across northeast Oklahoma, and that means investing in education and maintaining our roads and bridges.”
Highers lives in Tahlequah with his wife, Cami Highers, and their two children, Jack and Lucy. He remains involved in numerous local organizations including Neighbors Building Neighborhoods in Muskogee and Cherokee Counties, the Northeast Oklahoma Regional Alliance, the Muskogee and Tahlequah Area Chambers of Commerce and the NSU Alumni Association.
Senate District 9 is located across Muskogee and Cherokee counties and includes the cities of Muskogee and Tahlequah.
Elections for Oklahoma Senate District 9 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.