MUSKOGEE, OK – Avery Frix announced that he plans to compete for the Republican nomination for Oklahoma House District 13, a seat that will be vacated by state Rep. Jerry McPeak due to term limits.
Frix, a 21-year-old Muskogee native, whose small-business startup manages the Roxy Theater for the city of Muskogee, said his campaign will focus on education, jobs and what he described as traditional values. He distinguished his campaign from others, saying he would represent the entire district, not just Muskogee.
“I am running … because I believe we need to strengthen our schools, I think we need to create jobs, and I believe we need to protect our Oklahoma values,” Frix said. “We need a voice that will listen and represent all parts of District 13, and I think my diverse background will help me do that.”
Education also is on Frix’s mind. Frix said state lawmakers must address a teacher shortage he associates with annual salaries that range from $10,000 to $16,000 below what they can earn at schools in neighboring states. If elected, Frix said he would introduce legislation that would mandate pay raises for educators every time lawmakers granted the same for themselves.
“It kind of forces them to do something about it and brings it to the forefront of their minds …, that we are losing teachers,” Frix said, citing his support for local control of public school and the need to “cut waste, fraud and abuse” from the state budget. “We need to start paying our teachers what they deserve and keep quality educators here in Oklahoma.”
With state officials dealing this year with a revenue failure and anticipating a revenue shortfall of about $1.3 billion for next year’s budget, Frix said funding needed to raise teacher pay would come from “broadening our tax base.” That could be accomplished, he said, by creating more jobs.
As examples, Frix said there are unique opportunities for job creation in District 13, where there is fertile ground for agribusiness and agritourism startups. A city-state partnership designed to ensure the construction of a proposed exposition center at Love-Hatbox Sports Complex would “help create new jobs and help with our agritourism economy.”
Frix describes himself as a “devout Christian” who has devoted much of his life to public service. As a member of the National Rifle Association, the GOP contender supports “the Second Amendment right to bear arms, traditional marriage, prayer in public schools and a pro-life agenda.
“My unique experience, from small business owner to community service and involvement make me a good candidate to represent all of District 13, not just a small portion of it,” Frix said.
Frix serves as a board member of the Muskogee Habitat for Humanity and a member of the Muskogee Area Rotary Club. He is involved in the chambers of commerce at Muskogee, Warner and Checotah, where he recently earned recognition as member of the year.
Frix founded a summer camp about five years ago that began at the Roxy Theater before expanding to Warner and then Checotah. He said the camp has “impacted thousands of students since its inception.
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.