Putnam City school board member Tammy West, a longtime resident of House District 84, Monday announced she is running for the Oklahoma House of Representatives as a Republican. Due to term limits, the seat will be an open race this year.
West, who has lived in the district since 1980 and raised all three of her children there, said her roots in the community and active civic participation have prepared her to be a strong conservative voice for area residents. “I have been blessed to live in this area since 1980 and I understand the needs of our community,” West said. “If elected, I will be an accessible lawmaker who actively communicates with my constituents.”
West was first elected as the District 4 member on the Putnam City School Board in 2009 and reelected in 2014. Both times she was unopposed. She has been an active board member, regularly visiting every school in the district and developing relationships with school employees and parents. West was president of the Putnam City Board of Education in 2013. While her children were in school, she served as Parent Teacher Student Association president at Lake Park Elementary, Western Oaks Middle School, and Putnam City West High School.
West is a strong supporter of local control of schools. “Parents know best what their child needs, and one size does not fit all. Her own children were homeschooled and attended a private Christian school prior to all three graduating from Putnam City West High School. She also supports the Lindsey Nicole Henry scholarship program for children with special needs, having seen firsthand its benefits to children in the Putnam City district.
West earned her bachelor’s degree in business management from Central State University (now UCO) in Edmond. She has owned and operated Wellness Plus for more than 20 years and is an independent distributor for The Juice Plus Company. In her work, she helps people pursue healthy lifestyles through a foundation of better nutrition.
Her family’s roots are in the oil business. West’s grandfather and father both worked in the oil industry, and her husband Jon has a petroleum engineering degree from University of Tulsa. He is sales manager for Burleson Pump Company where he has worked for the past 20 years.
Drawing on her business experience and community activity, West said her focus in the Legislature will be on creating a strong business climate, good infrastructure and safe neighborhoods. “As a conservative Republican, I believe we must focus on being fiscally responsible in our state budgeting while ensuring the fundamental core services are prioritized and properly funded,” she added.
West is a lifelong Republican who has been active in her local Republican Women’s Club. A committed Christian, West is strongly pro-life. She is also an ardent supporter of the Second Amendment and a member of the National Rifle Association.
West, 56, and her husband, Jon, have been married 35 years and are active members of Council Road Baptist Church where he is a deacon. They have three grown children.
Elections for Oklahoma House District 84 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.