NORMAN, OK – Middle school teacher and church pastor James Taylor filed paperwork Monday to officially start his campaign to challenge 13 year incumbent Tom Cole in the Oklahoma 4th Congressional District Republican primary.
“For the past 13 years, the 4th District has been represented by Congressman Cole and his liberal votes,” said Taylor. “Oklahoma is one of the most conservative states in the country and it’s time that we have a Congressman whose votes reflects our conservative values.”
“I can no longer stand on the sidelines when my Congressman has one of the lowest conservative voting records in the entire country,” Taylor said. He then went on to discuss Cole’s dismal conservative voting scores from Heritage Action (36%), FreedomWorks (45%), Club for Growth (53%), and Conservative Review (40%).
“That’s why I have filed the official paperwork today to form my campaign committee and challenge Rep. Cole in the upcoming GOP primary for the 4th Congressional District in Oklahoma,” said Taylor.
Dr. James Taylor is the Senior Pastor of Christ’s Church in Norman, OK. He is also a middle school teacher at Roosevelt Middle School in Southwest Oklahoma City, where the student body is almost entirely Hispanic and over 90% qualify for free or reduced price meals.
“Everyday, I get the opportunity to teach students who have next to nothing about America’s rich history and the people who rose from adversity to pursue the American Dream,” said Taylor. “However, I realized that unless real, conservative, change happens in our government, I will no longer be able to teach that ‘hope of a brighter future’ to our next generation.”
“We must get our nations debt under control and stop this wasteful spending in Congress to right this ship,” said Taylor. “Unfortunately, we haven’t seen that with our current Representative, Tom Cole . Under his watch, our national debt has ballooned from $6 trillion in 2002 to $19 trillion today. This must stop.”
Taylor continued, “But with your help, I plan to bring an end to the Washington insider, politics as usual legislation that we’ve experienced with Rep. Cole . Together we can make a difference and bring conservative change to the 4th District.”
James Taylor and his wife, Rapheala, have four children between them and two grandchildren. They live in Norman, OK.
Elections for Oklahoma’s 4th Congressional District 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.