OKLA. CITY —
Dustin Hopson considers himself to be a Reagan Republican and if elected to House District 82 he plans to bring those conservative values to the Oklahoma Legislature.
Hopson, 37, an attorney for the Oklahoma City law firm Collins, Zorn and Wagner, is one of five Republicans vying for the open seat being vacated by Rep. Mike Turner, R-Oklahoma City, who decided to file for the 5th District congressional seat.
The Republican primary for the seat is Tuesday with a potential runoff election slated for Aug. 26.
“I feel the Reagan era is one that we need to go back to,” Hopson said. “I define that as a time when we focus on free market enterprise principles and infrastructure. I feel like that is our future. People are very receptive to that.”
Hopson graduated from Westmoore High School in 1995 and pursued a degree in political science from the University of Oklahoma where he graduated in 1999. He went on to receive a Juris Doctorate from Texas Tech University in 2002 and is currently licensed to practice law in Oklahoma and Texas.
He currently specializes in civil defense and has represented small and large business alike.
“I have spent 12 years defending businesses and more recently county law enforcement officials and county government taxpayer interests,” Hopson said.
Hopson said one of the factors in running for office was his belief that Oklahoma can do a better job in improving its economy.
“I became concerned although we became one of the more prosperous states during the most recent years we have not reached revenue levels to what they were prior to 2008,” Hopson said. “I think we can do a better job than that. The key thing that we have to do is diversify our economy.”
Hopson said the state Legislature needs to spend less time on pet projects and focusing more on issues important to Oklahoma.
“I think we spend four or five months at the Legislature pursuing pet projects that will get us on television or do things that make us seem more or less conservative than the other guy rather than address the specific needs we have here in the state,” Hopson said. “I think those needs are free enterprise of the business community. We are losing good people who could be here working and contributing to our economy. We need to fix that.”
Hopson said while education is also a top priority of his, keeping the federal government out of state business is also important.
“While education is my top priority and the cornerstone of Oklahoma’s expanding excellence into the 21st century, it is also my desire that the 82nd District maintain and maximize the central and necessary freedoms for families to flourish and thrive safely and in an environment free of unnecessary intrusion by the policies of our state and federal government,” he said.
Hopson said his campaign has been going well and says he will continue to knock on doors to get his message out.
“It has been going wonderfully,” he said. “We have a ton of momentum. I firmly believe I have been on more doorsteps than any other candidate in this race. I am real confident that we are going to do well on Tuesday.”
Republican candidates for state House District 82 include Greg Brown, 59, of Oklahoma City; former state Rep. Kevin Calvey, 47, of Oklahoma City; Adam Pugh, 36, Edmond; and Paul Ruckel, 44, of Oklahoma City.
Independent Scott Bennett, 29, of Oklahoma City is also running for House District 82 and he will be on the Nov. 4 general election ballot. No Democrats are on the statewide ballot for this seat.
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