CHICKASHA, OK – Concern for Oklahoma’s economy, quality of rural life, improving education, and protecting the liberty of Oklahomans are the driving forces behind Kevin Crow’s campaign for an Oklahoma Senate seat.
The Chickasha professor filed for Oklahoma Senate District 23 on Wednesday, April 13. State Sen. Ron Justice (R) has served in this seat since 2004 and will be leaving the state senate due to term limits.
Crow lives in Chickasha with his wife, Rani, and two Children, Sophie, 5, and Cato, 2. He is currently employed at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma as an Associate Professor of History.
“There are major problems facing our state and, of course, one immediate concern is the budget,” Crow said. “While legislators are powerless to do anything about drastic declines in the price of oil, there are steps that we can take to protect state budgets against future fluctuations oil prices.”
Crow also said that a change in attitude toward federal money is necessary.
“We receive a big percentage of money from the federal government. We think this is ‘free money,’ but if we become dependent on that money, and cuts come – and given economic realities, the will come – then we will have set ourselves up for a far greater budget crisis in this state than the one we currently face.
“In addition, as long as the state of Oklahoma remains so dependent on federal dollars for its operating expenses, it will remain a slave to federal mandates. And these federal mandates, not only undercut rural healthcare, but also stifle our economy, overburden our teachers, and threaten the property rights of farmers and ranchers.”
“Only when we put our own fiscal house in order and ween ourselves from the federal dole, can we begin to free ourselves from the tentacles of federal over-reach,” Crow stated.
As an educator, Crow is concerned about mandates and cuts impacting the education field and doesn’t believe in a cookie-cutter approach.
Crow said, “Schools needs and interests should reflect their individual communities. What is desirable in Norman or Edmond may not be desirable in El Reno or Amber.”
As a supervisor of student teachers for the last 10 years, Crow has had the opportunity to observe teachers in the classroom in most secondary schools across the distract as well as a number of elementary schools.
“Provide basics. Provide opportunities, but don’t micro-+manage every little detail. Teachers need to be left alone to teach,” Crow said.
During his career as a teacher, Crow has worked at six different universities, with enrollments ranging from 900 students up to schools with 30,000 in enrollment.
“I’ve worked in every type of university you can name – large regional, small regional, historically black, private, religious – you name it,” Crow says. “If cuts have to be made in higher education, I know where to make them so it doesn’t endanger the quality of education and it won’t lead to a tuition increase. The thing is, if you need to make cuts, then you want a surgeon not a butcher.”
Rural healthcare is another major concern of the State Senate District 23 candidate.
“I truly believe that rural healthcare is facing a crisis. In fact, when I ran for the U.S. Senate in 2014, improving rural healthcare was one of the issues that I championed. Anyone who lives in a rural area understands that one of the major problems facing our healthcare system is attracting and retaining physicians,” Crow said.
The primary elections for Oklahoma Senate District 23 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.