PEGGS, OK – United States Army veteran and small business owner, Dr. Shannon Grimes Friday announced his candidacy for Oklahoma State House District 86.
Grimes is a licensed Chiropractor who did his undergraduate studies at Northeastern State University, received his Doctorate from the Parker College of Chiropractic, and continued his education with Post Doctorate Neurology studies from the Carrick Institute. Dr. Grimes has run a successful practice in Tahlequah since 2003 and is a member of the Free Market Medical Association.
Over the years, Grimes has been involved and active with several community organizations such as Kiwanis, Leadership Tahlequah, and the Tahlequah Chamber of Commerce. Additionally, he has spent time volunteering to help the Peggs Volunteer Firefighter Department and has been appointed member of the Cherokee County Sales Tax Advisory Board.
Grimes has had extensive involvement in political activities over the years and is the former Cherokee County Republican Party Chairman. In early 2016, Grimes changed his political affiliation from Republican to Libertarian after the party was officially recognized in Oklahoma for the first time in decades.
“In many ways both the Republican and Democrat parties have failed to adequately represent their members,” Grimes stated, “Both have spent years locally advocating responsibility yet in Oklahoma City their actions tell much different stories. I have joined the Libertarian Party because I believe we must embrace policy that limits the scope of government through sensible fiscal policy as well as practical social policy that protects the rights of the individual.”
Democrat state Rep. William Fourkiller currently holds the House District 86 seat and has filed for re-election.
Grimes sees this as an opportunity to serve the constituents of House District 86 beyond party lines, “Many people right now are frustrated at the childish behavior of both sides, from the national arena down to the state level. I hope that by running for office as a Libertarian, I can show people that we can set aside the party prejudices and work on finding solutions that work for all Oklahomans.”
The primary elections for Oklahoma House District 86 will be held along with other major elections on June 28. The general election will take place on November 8. You can find more information about the candidates on FortySix News 2016 Elections page.