OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Donnie Ryan, Ward 4 Councilman for the City of Warr Acres, announced his candidacy to run for Oklahoma House of Representatives District 84. Ryan is running as a Republican for the seat that is being vacated by state Rep. Sally Kern as a result of term limits.
Being a Councilman for the City of Warr Acres has given Ryan a strong understanding of Oklahoma government. While his love of civic service is what fueled him to become involved in city government, it is his concern over the current condition of the state’s House of Representatives that convinced Ryan to take his experience to a larger stage.
“After watching the issues that continue to plague Oklahoma and send it into a deeper financial crisis, I feel it is time for someone that does not hold a hidden agenda to go to our State Capitol and work toward making our state great again,” he explained.
Ryan said Oklahoma’s House of Representatives need more “real world” experience in creating laws for the state. He believes his 15 years of working at Putnam City Schools is just right blend of “real world” experience needed in Oklahoma’s government. In 2001, Ryan began his career with the school district as a bus driver, which created his passion for safety. That passion led him to begin working in the area of student discipline in 2010 for Putnam City, a position he still holds to this day.
“I can bring a fresh perspective knowing what it is like to live and work within the decisions that have been made at both the state and federal level,” added Ryan.
If elected, Ryan believes there are two key things he will bring to the State House in representing District 84. The first is transparency. Ryan said he is not afraid to speak his mind when needed, but also knows how to handle situations where a delayed response would be in the best interest of the people. The second is leadership. Ryan will bring to the state government years of leadership experience not just from the Warr Acres City Council but also from his many years of being a Sunday School teacher, serving on the board of his church and being a supervisor at his work.
“Servant leadership is the best approach representatives should take in serving the people of Oklahoma,” he said. “I will not ask anyone to do anything that I am not willing to do myself.”
The filing period for Oklahoma House District 84 will take place on April 13 – 15, with the primary election to be held on June 28. You can find more information about the candidates on FortySix News 2016 Elections page.