INOLA, OK – Republican Tom Gann, Inola resident, auditor, business owner and former school board member, declared his candidacy for Oklahoma House District 8.
Gann filed for House District 8 on Wednesday, April 13. State Rep. Ben Sherrer (D) has served in this seat since 2005 and will be leaving the state house due to term limits.
Born in Wagoner, Gann, 57, is a lifelong resident of northeastern Oklahoma whose descendants settled in Claremore in 1904. Gann grew up in Tahlequah where he met Debbie, his wife of 37 years.
The Ganns live on 10 acres in Inola. They have one son and two daughters who are married and have seven grandchildren.
In 1984 Tom built a retail business in Fort Gibson. The business grew to 12 employees and grossed over 1.5 million annually.
Tom has a broad education holding degrees in Forestry, Marketing, and Accounting. In 1986 he received the Wall Street Journal Student Achievement Award for academic achievement and business success.
In 1991 Tom was elected to the Fort Gibson School Board. He led the opposition to the federal mandated Outcomes Based Education which ended its pilot program in Fort Gibson schools.
In 1996, Tom sold his business and has since worked for British Petroleum, PricewaterhouseCoopers accounting firm and the City of Tulsa as an Internal Auditor. Tom is currently the Airports Auditor for the Tulsa International Airport. Tom and his wife Debbie also own a small property management company, Cedarmorn Properties LLC.
Gann initiated his campaign for House District 8 last fall and has already made over 3,000 door-to-door visits to the homes of local voters.
“I consider the vote of an individual to be very personal and sacred. The voters of the district deserve to have someone who will demonstrate their commitment by coming by their house and having a conversation,” Gann explained.
Tom and Debbie are members at Eastland Baptist Church of Tulsa. They are pro-life and helped start a crisis pregnancy center.
Tom is a small government conservative and supports and will be an advocate for the 2nd amendment, traditional marriage and small business in Oklahoma.
The primary elections for Oklahoma House District 19 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.