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Kenneth Meador

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Kenneth Meador
Candidate for
Oklahoma State Senate, District 43

Political party Democratic
Profession Veteran/Student
Website Campaign Site
Kenneth Meador was a Democratic candidate in the October 11, 2011 special election for District 43 of the Oklahoma State Senate. The special election was called the fill the vacancy created when Jim Reynolds (R) resigned his seat, effective July 1, after being elected Cleveland County treasurer.

Meador served as a combat medic, deploying to Iraq three times. Upon leaving the service, he enrolled in Oklahoma City Community College where he studies political science. He is a volunteer at a local charity and tutor. He is married to his wife Anita. They have one child.[1]

Elections

2011

See also: State legislative special elections, 2011

Meador was defeated by Greg Childers (R) in the October 11 special general election.[2][3]

Redistricting

Childers will be forced to move to the new District 43 if they wish to run for re-election. The district was moved as part of 2010 Census redistricting. Meador has stated that, if elected, he would not seek re-election in 2012. Childers intends to move if elected. To establish residency in the new district, they must move there by October 10, 2011.[4][5]

Issues

Campaign themes

On his campaign site, Meador details his campaign themes:

  • Fighting to Keep and Create Good Jobs in SD 43: "As a college student himself, Kenneth is aware of the intersection of education, job training and economic growth in our communities. He understands the important role that education, job training and workforce development programs, like CareerTech, play in developing a strong middle class. Kenneth believes we must invest in local businesses that will create jobs for Oklahoma workers. He is committed to improving state efforts to attract new businesses to Oklahoma and create well-paying jobs in Senate District 43."
  • Fulfilling our Responsibility to our Seniors and Veterans: "Kenneth believes we have a responsibility to our seniors and veterans and supports programs that care for these vulnerable groups. As a veteran himself, Kenneth supports programs that honor the service of our veterans, particularly those injured in the line of duty. He also supports programs that help keep our seniors healthy, independent and living on their own."
  • Standing Up for Working Families: "When elected, Kenneth will stand up for working families, not special interests in the Oklahoma legislature. Kenneth is a hard working man who will bring his traditional Oklahoma work ethic to the State Capitol with him."
  • Investing in our Childrens Future: "As the father of a 7-year old son who attends Oklahoma public schools, Kenneth has seen first-hand the challenges facing teachers and administrators today. Kenneth knows that our school districts need the proper resources for our children to receive the best education possible. He will fight to protect public education from devastating budget cuts that may seem like easy answers during difficult economic times."
  • Doing the Right Thing: "Kenneth believes that protecting the most vulnerable among us is an Oklahoma value. He will always work to ensure that the tough decisions that must be made during difficult economic times are made with the well-being of Oklahoma's children, seniors, veterans, and families in mind and without the influence of lobbyists and special interests."

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