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House District 91: Voters Have Choices in Crowded Field

Jun 22, 2014
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This is the third in a series of three profiles that are intended to give voters in the Moore and South Oklahoma City area more information about the candidates running for office in their area. These are not exhaustive articles but should encourage voters to look further into the individual candidates prior to going to the polls for the June 24th primary.


Chris Kannady

Veterans Legal Services at Foshee & Yafee

OU graduate, B.A., M.B.A., Law Degree

 

 

Running for the legislature isn't something that Chris Kannady has necessarily been thinking about his entire life, but at the same time he believes his entire life has led up to the choice to pursue the House District 91 seat.

 

“I’ve always wanted to do things to help others,” said Kannady. “That’s been my life, it’s always been about service and I want to try to use the skill sets I have to make a difference.”

 

Kannady remembers being in law school at the University of Oklahoma on 9-11. As he watched the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on that day, he began thinking about what might lie ahead.

 

“Right after 9-11 the country was in shock and I was thinking about where America was gonna be in 5-to-10 years,” said Kannady. “It was about foresight. So I fought that fight.”

 

Joining the Marines was also a deliberate choice. Kannady served four deployments with the Marine Corps, one in Iraq and three in Afghanistan. He injured his knee during one of those deployments, which led to a move from active service to the Oklahoma National Guard.

 

Kannady said, “I could’ve picked another branch of service but I wanted to go with what I saw at the time to be the toughest group of people I could find and I think those ingredients are what I bring to the legislature.”

 

In addition to his educational and military background Kannady has used the knowledge he gained from navigating the post-military disabled veteran’s channels to help other disabled vets.

 

“There’s a whole array of services veterans need help with and that’s the purpose of my business, is to help them navigate all of the channels necessary to achieve their goals,” said Kannady.

 

While he agrees that Oklahoma is economically healthy right now, Kannady believes that health is fragile and needs bolstering. His plan for insuring long-term stability focuses on education.

 

“I think what drives the economy is really education,” said Kannady. “I know some people will disagree with this, but if you don’t have an educated work force then how are they going to go out and make a difference in our economy.”

 

Kannady says he’s a big supporter of the oil and gas industry, but believes addressing educational concerns will help move the state away from being one dimensional.

 

“Education is half our state budget and I am concerned about where we’re spending money in education,” said Kannady. “But I think it’s really an issue of realignment and reinvestment. That, in turn, drives the economy.”

 

The experience of spending significant time outside the state of Oklahoma is something Kannady believes also makes him a great candidate.

 

“I’ve seen examples of things that have failed in other states and other countries,” said Kannady. “I want to get things to the point where people want to come to Oklahoma because it’s the best place to do whatever it is they want to do as a career.”

 

While he doesn’t see himself as a man who’s looking for a political fight, he says he’s certainly not afraid of one.

 

“I also bring to the table the attitude of someone who’s not afraid of a challenge.” said Kannady. “You don’t need yes men. You need people who know what’s going on in their district and who have the character to get the job done.”

 

 

CLICK HERE to visit Kannady's website.



David Monlux

Student at Rose State College

Graduate of Mount St. Mary’s High School

 

There’s no getting around the fact that David Monlux is the youngest candidate running for office in the state. In fact, when the 20-year-old student tried to file for the House District 91 race, he was initially turned down.

 

“When I went to file the state told me that I was too young,” said Monlux, “But then I went and found an AG’s opinion, 82-101, which had been on the books since 1982, which states ‘there shall be no qualifications on candidates’ unlike office-holders, who have to be 21.”

 

When it became clear that Monlux would be 21 when legislators are sworn in next January, the Oklahoma State Election Board agreed and Monlux officially entered the race. 

 

It’s this kind of diligence and creative thinking, not his age, that Monlux believes sets him apart from the other candidates in the HD 91 contest.

 

“I’m seeing where we headed in the future,” said Monlux. “I’m seeing the out-of-control debt and the things that our government at all levels are passing and I think their are other ways, better ways to get what we want.”

 

For Monlux, that meant coming up with specific proposals to address the biggest problems he believes the state faces right now. Those detailed proposals address the state economy and education.

 

“If elected the first thing I’m going to do is file my budget proposal, which would make our state debt-free in one year, it would abolish over 40 of the 75 state taxes, and would provide for school storm shelters in full,” said Monlux.

 

But like the old “Ginsu knives infomercials” that used to flood the late night television airwaves, Monlux says there’s much more to the proposal.

 

Monlux said, “In addition to that it would create $100 million in middle class scholarship relief.”

 

The young candidate doesn’t seem to mind that some view him as inexperienced and naive. He counters those criticisms with a willingness to work hard and work cooperatively.

 

“I think partisan politics has gotten us to the point of failed economic policies,” said Monlux. “I feel that we need a fresh, new perspective. I also have to go out and live under these polices, find a job under these policies, and I want to see an economy that prospers.”

 

While he is just 20-years-old Monlux has already spent time at the state capitol as part of the page program. He says it gave him a chance to see how the political process worked from a very close perspective and fueled an interest in government that he first felt when watching the 2000 Bush-Gore debates as a kindergartener. 

 

“As I got into the paging program I realized that I really liked this and began developing my own proposals for fun, so I decided to just go ahead and take a chance and run,” said Monlux.

Now that the primary election is drawing near Monlux hopes that voters will seriously consider his proposals and his candidacy.

 

“I’m seeing where we headed in the future,” said Monlux. “I’m seeing the out-of-control debt and the things that our government at all levels are passing and I think their are other ways, better ways to get what we want.”

 

 

 

CLICK HERE to visit Monlux's website.





Chad Olsen

Works for Tire Centers, a subsidiary of Michelin

Trains independent tire dealers and helps market their products.

 

Politics can do strange things to people, including leading them to pretend to be something they’re not in order to win an election. That’s something that Chad Olsen says he’s aware of and is committed to avoiding.

 

“Hopefully everyone I’ve met will realize that I’m genuine and that I’m trying to put myself forward as who I actually am,” said Olsen. “I’m not trying to make myself into something that I’m not. I’m just a normal Oklahoman that wants to do some good stuff for the state.”

 

As Olsen pursued a career with Michelin helping small business owners, he became aware of the many problems those individuals face. One of those specific incidents involved a temporary employee who was given a chance to prove himself to a business owner. After two days the employee had displayed some unacceptable work habits, but when the owner paid him for his work and then let him go, the man suddenly managed to injure himself and turn that injury into a long-term worker’s comp settlement.

 

“He found a doctor who said he had permanent nerve damage and was able to be considered a full-time employee and so was able to draw workman’s comp for five years,” said Olsen. “Things like that shouldn’t be allowed to happen. There’s a lot of abuse in the legal system and the welfare system that I think we can do away with.”

 

Olsen says he’ll make it a priority to continue the workers comp and tort reforms that are already in place, reforms he says are already under attack by trial lawyers.

 

“All of that’s getting unraveled by attorneys again, so I think we can do more to help the small business guy to get out of that stuff and save the state a lot money,” said Olsen.

 

Another way Olsen wants to save the state money is by conducing full performance reviews on state agencies to determine which ones are still pulling their weight.

 

“There are a lot duplicate agencies in the state and there are commissions all over the state that were started in the 60’s and 70’s that were probably viable at the time,” said Olsen. “I think we need to do full performance reviews of every agency and commission in the state.”

 

Olsen and his family have been living in the Moore school district since 1991, having moved her to raise their children in an area with strong schools. He says being a part of his neighborhood board has also made him aware of the need to support law enforcement.

 

“I think our sheriff’s department in Cleveland County is way underfunded,” Olsen said. “If you talk to them you find out that it’s tough for police and sheriff’s departments that it’s tough for them to come help in the little things. They want to, they just can’t.”

 

The state budget is something Olsen wants a chance to address as well. While he agrees with the recent cut to the state income tax he believes the legislature needs to come up with smart ways to address the way the tax burden is shared so that small businesses don’t end up carrying the load.

“Our state personal income tax has been cut a little, but I think we can do more by cutting spending,” said Olsen. “I’m not advocating cutting taxes just to cut taxes, but doing it in a smart way without hurting ourselves as a state.”

 

Olsen believes he’s a candidate who can help move the legislature away from wasting time on bills that don’t impact the important issues faced by Oklahomans.

 

“There is a lot of time that gets spent on bills that don’t necessarily accomplish a whole lot when we could be looking at the bigger things like budgets and stuff like that which we could save money on,” said Olsen.

 

 

 CLICK HERE to visit Olsen's website.




Jon Painter

Optometrist for past 20 years

Former member of the Moore School Board

 

 

Jon Painter is a familiar face to many folks in the Moore community, having run a successful optometry practice in the area for 20 years. He says running that business, along with the five years he spent serving on the Moore school board, helped lead him to a dive into state government.

 

“I think we need conservative businessmen down at the Capitol,” said Painter. “I think we need conservative businessmen in politics across the board, from a national level down to the local level.”

 

Painter says his ideas for what can work at the state level come from the practical experience he’s gained over his career as a businessman and a volunteer.

 

“I would like to right-size state government,” said Painter. “In other words, scale back government because, in my opinion it’s getting too intrusive and getting into the lives of hardworking Oklahomans in ways it doesn’t need to be and in ways I don’t think it was intended to be.”

 

In addition to lowering and eventually eliminating the state income tax, Painter hopes to address issues that make life tough on small businesses.

 

Painter said, “We can make those (workers comp and tort reform) even stronger which will encourage more businesses to come to Oklahoma and that will help raise the wages of all Oklahomans. It’s going to be a win-win for everyone.”

 

Painter says education is a big priority for him, especially after seeing the impact federal regulations had on Moore schools during his time as a school board member.

 

“I understand what federal regulations coming down from outside of Oklahoma can do and I think we need local control of our educational system and not have bureaucrats from Washington telling folks in Moore, Oklahoma how they ought to educate their kids,” said Painter.

 

He says he’s also in agreement with the recent decision to scrap the Common Core standards for state schools.

 

Painter said, “I do believe in high standards and I believe that Oklahomans can set those standards without some bureaucrat in New York or California telling us ‘Here’s what you need to do.’ “

 

Painter says there’s a strong foundation of core character and principles beneath those ideas for change at the state government level. But he understands that it’s necessary to find ways to cooperate with other lawmakers while hanging on to his values.

 

“I know that getting things done when the federal government says, ‘You can’t” means I’m not going to be able to go up there and waste time trying to pass something that can’t be passed,” said Painter. “I’m going to work with other legislators to get things done that can benefit everyone.”

 

But the former Moore school board member wants to make sure voters understand he’s not someone who lets himself be swayed by prevailing opinions when those opinions clash with his core values.

 

“I’m not gonna stick my finger in the air and see which way the wind’s blowing when I make decisions,” said Painter. “You’ll know where I stand and the principles that I hold. When you send me down there you’re gonna get a good, hard-working, honest, conservative, Christian businessman who’ll vote that way.”



CLICK HERE to visit Painter's website.





Scott Esk

Owner of a small window washing business
OU graduate, degree in French and Russian
OCCC degree in computer programming




Scott Esk identifies himself as a conservative leader who will stand up to special interests. His website indicates he's running for the House District 91 seat because:

"I believe in the principles that made our state and nation great and unique in history – and I want to protect those principles. I believe that rights come from God – not from government – and that it should be limited, its taxes and spending should be low, its regulations few, and its protection of our liberties constant."

Among the values Esk espouses on his website are that he is 100% Pro-Life, 100% Pro 2nd Amendment, 100% Traditional Family Values, for Lower Taxes and Spending, Strong Supporter of State Rights, and a Defender of Small Business.

Other pertinent quotes from the Esk election website include...

His commitment to his principles:

"Our district has had strong conservative leadership and I promise to continue that same leadership! I have never been so enamored with popularity that I have let it water down my principles and convictions. There is no shortage of those who get along to go along, and that philosophy has one very unfortunate outcome: It does a poor job of opposing evil in any sphere. I have gotten in trouble with those who wanted me to compromise my principles on several occasions, and God has delivered me from all of those trials... including on one occasion being arrested on trumped-up charges, and quietly having my trial dismissed 3 days beforehand by the prosecution team itself! I was baptized into Christ when I was 16, and have never looked back. I have tried to use my life to become more like my Master Jesus Christ every day, and I look forward to applying Biblical principles to Oklahoma law, having the same compassion for taxpayers and the innocent that my Lord Himself has."

His reasons for opposing no-fault divorce:

"I met the love of my life, Pamela, when I was at OU. We were married for 15 years, and had 3 handsome boys, 1 of whom is an adult now. Frivolous divorce raised its ugly head in the Esk home, and I am still trying to reconcile with Pam, considering that to be our only option from my understanding of the Bible on marriage and divorce. From my experience with the 'family' courts, I am dedicated to saving Oklahoma children from the chaos and misery of frivolous divorce, and am wholeheartedly against no-fault divorce. We home schooled our children in their formative years, and I wouldn't trade the experience for anything."

His association with Constitutionalists:

"I have been a Constitutionalist activist for many years, being known by name by many State Legislators and the Oklahoma Congressional delegation. I have fought against Common Core, a Constitutional Convention, the illegal alien plague, and all manner of corruption in state and federal government. I have fought for nullification, protecting families, protecting life, starving the federal government of money for unconstitutional programs, etc. I have written several very frank and pricinpled letters to the editor. I have worked hard to help Constitutionalists win to represent House and Senate districts. I don't plan to let up in my dedication to fighting to protect you from an out-of-control federal government, and to make Oklahoma law more accountable and compassionate to taxpayers and to the innocent."

If you're interested you can also check out the following links to learn more about some of his more controversial views:


Throwing the First Stone: State House 91 Candidate Expresses Extreme Views on Gays


Esk Email Rant Targets TheMooreDaily.com


CLICK HERE to visit Esk's official website.




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