The Edmond Sun
State Sen. Clark Jolley pledged to fight for conservative values in Congress as he announced his candidacy for the Congressional 5th District.
“The reason is quite simple because Congress and Washington are broken,” said Jolley, R-Edmond. “Too much government, too much spending, too many taxes are all destroying our country, our freedoms and our way of life.”
Jolley is the second 2014 Edmond Republican to campaign for the office to be vacated by Congressman James Lankford of Edmond, who plans to run for U.S. Senate. Corporation Commissioner Patrice Douglas declared her candidacy on Tuesday.
Former Corporation Commissioner Jim Roth and state Sen. Al McAffrey, both Oklahoma City Democrats, have said they are considering the race for the 5th District. Retired University of Oklahoma Democrat Tom Guild of Edmond is vying for the office for a third time.
“We need someone who will fight to repeal Obamacare,” Jolley said at the Oklahoma History Center. “We need someone to fight to lower high taxes and, someone to fight just as Tom Coburn has against wasteful spending that burdens not only the nation today but future generations to come.”
Jolley said people’s health care decisions should be made by the people instead of bureaucrats in Washington, D.C.
“I will fight every day with every breath I have to rein-in government, make it smaller, make it more efficient,” Jolley said. “And, to remind politicians in Washington, D.C., that we are spending our money and it’s got to stop.”
He fought in the Senate for a constitutional amendment to protect Oklahomans against Obamacare. Jolley supported Gov. Mary Fallin’s decision to reject federal funding to create a state exchange or expand Medicaid for Oklahomans. The decision defaulted with the federal government creating its own health care exchange in Oklahoma.
“We cannot continue to jeopardize our future and bring to a tragic end our Founding Fathers’ great experiment with deficit spending,” Jolley said.
Currently, Jolley serves in the state Senate as chairman of the Appropriations Committee. He is also co-chair of the Joint Appropriations and Budget Committee. Jolley was successful in his effort to lower state income taxes by 25 percent, he said. He wants Congress to pass a balanced budget.
“I’ve championed lowering property taxes,” Jolley said. “I fought for eliminating unfair business taxes.”
The Oklahoma City attorney became a state Senator in 2004. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Oklahoma Baptist University, where he also earned bachelor’s degree in Music Education. Jolley earned his juris doctorate at the University of Oklahoma College of Law in 1995.
He and his wife Verlyne have two children, Lauren and Alex. The Jolley family worships at Henderson Hills Baptist Church. His fellow churchgoer Debra Johnson said Jolley will bring stability and wisdom to Congress.
“He loves Oklahoma and I think he will do us good,” Johnson said.
TO LEARN more about state Sen. Clark Jolley, visit www.clarkjolley.com