The Edmond Sun


June 23, 2012

OUR VIEW: Keep Jolley for 1 more term

EDMOND — Sen. Clark Jolley, R-Edmond, says it best himself when describing why Edmond voters should return him to office. “We’re not done,” he says of the work undertaken by Republican leadership in the past two years.

Jolley has ably served Senate District 41 for the past eight years. He seeks what will be his final term in the Senate under statewide term limits if re-elected.

Reforms have been achieved in multiple areas of government. Worker’s compensation judges now must be approved by the Senate. The death tax was eliminated. Simplified report cards for schools and eliminating social promotion after third-grade will fundamentally change education. Insolvent state pension plans slowly are moving back toward stability. And perhaps most importantly for future economic growth and citizen safety, the Legislature has funded the eight-year transportation plan and the replacement or repair of every structurally deficient bridge statewide within a decade.

Jolley has been instrumental in almost all of those changes and more. His legislative record is one focused on sensible reforms that benefit both the business community and taxpayers. As a former educator, Jolley also has carried several of the most significant education reforms in his legislative bucket.

When looking at Jolley’s bills, both those that made it into law and those that did not, it’s clear that he is a committed conservative who seeks to reform state government thus elevating it from the muck it has wallowed in the past 40 years. Reforming and simplifying government is the only path that keeps Oklahoma on track for continued economic success. It’s the only way to ensure the quality of life and security that Jolley and many other Oklahomans seek for their children and grandchildren.

Republicans, who assuredly will retain legislative power this year, must find ways to govern conservatively without governing irresponsibly. The worst thing that could happen would be a government that stood still and stopped functioning because not enough reasonable people came to the table to figure out how to move the state forward.

Voters should look carefully at just who is paying for the barrage of direct-mail fliers, radio and television commercials and newspaper ads. There’s as much disinformation coloring the campaign by outside interests as there is real information coming from the candidates themselves. Don’t be fooled by the negative advertising coming from many different interests.

We know Clark Jolley, we know his record and his abilities as a leader at the Legislature. We believe his leadership is still needed at the state Capitol. We hope you will vote to send him back to achieve the government reforms Oklahoma still needs.

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The runoff race for the 5th District congressional seat is set for Aug. 26. If the voting were today, which candidate would you support?

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