OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Inola Businessman Carl Parson filed candidacy papers at the Capitol on Wednesday, seeking election for Oklahoma House District 8 representing the Inola, Pryor Creek, Chouteau, and the Locust Grove area. Current state Rep. Ben Sherrer, Pryor-8 (D), is not seeking re-election due to term limits.
“Having invested my life working in our district, and building a successful small business, I am eager to continue to serve my community in the Oklahoma House of Representatives,” Parson said. “Oklahoma is facing the effects of a tough economic climate that will require innovative thinking, right prioritization, and a plan to allow for growth and success. I will be a voice for everyday Oklahomans, a problem solver who identifies the right solutions for our community. My leadership comes from understanding needs and responding with care. I believe in fostering free enterprise to ensure that everyone has the ability to realize their American dream, just as I have.”
Parson is the founder and owner of Inola Portable Buildings, a local business that has become a staple in the community, situated on Highway 412 just outside of Inola, OK. His personal story is inspirational. At four years old, Parson lost his father in a car accident and was raised by his mother in South Oklahoma City. He began working at age 11 delivering newspapers to help the family make ends meet. As an adult he spent 10 years in construction before becoming a small business owner who understands that the conservative principles of hard work, sacrifice, and financial discipline, are the best way to prepare Oklahoma for the future.
“I have always run my business debt free,” said Parson. “I know what it takes to meet payroll and make hard choices so that tomorrow will better than yesterday. It has become common grandchildren to make ends meet today, which leads to a weak state economy and closed doors to future generations achieving success. Oklahoma must lead the nation, and that is only accomplished by wise choices – responsible budgeting, encouraging a vibrant economy, ensuring a solid infrastructure and equipping a workforce for success.”
Carl and his wife Linda have been married 37 years and live in Inola, Oklahoma. He has three children and five grandchildren.
The primary elections for Oklahoma House District 8 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.