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Costello Endorses Houchen for State Senate

May 30, 2012

 

OK LABOR COMMISSIONER MARK COSTELLO ENDORSES HOUCHEN FOR OKLAHOMA SENATE

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 29, 2012

CONTACT: info@howardhouchen.com; (888) 230-4856

 

Oklahoma City, OK –  In what promises to be a key pickup for Senate Republicans in the “Little Dixie” region of the state, long known for entrenched Democrats, Howard Houchen (R-Hugo) is gaining notice early in the race by picking up the high profile endorsement of Oklahoma Labor Commissioner Mark Costello.

 “When I ran for Labor Commissioner in 2010, I campaigned on my commitment to bring sound business practices and constitutional principles to State Government.  Howard Houchen shares these values and will be an invaluable asset to southeastern Oklahoma. He is unabashed in his love for his home region, and unashamed to stand strong for what is right for Oklahoma in general and right for SE Oklahoma in particular. I am proud to offer my endorsement of Howard Houchen as the right choice for State Senate, District 5,”  Labor Commissioner Mark Costello stated.

 Houchen will be facing Jerry Ellis (D-Valliant) on the November general election ballot. This race also has an unusual twist: Democrat incumbent Ellis, due to term limits, is only eligible to serve two years of the upcoming four year term. He will be forced to vacate the seat midway through the term if he is re-elected.

 Houchen commented,  “Commissioner Costello has a proven record of increasing government efficiency and accountability while controlling, and even decreasing, the costs to the hardworking taxpayers of Oklahoma. I share that vision and appreciate his leadership. I look forward to ensuring that the interests of the good folks in SE Oklahoma are heard loud and clear in Oklahoma City as we all work to achieve a more economically free and prosperous tomorrow.”

 Houchen is a graduate of University of Oklahoma with a degree in Political Science, and boasts an MA in National Security Studies from the American Military University. With extensive international and small business expertise, he is extensively published in multiple conservative publications. He proudly raises his two sons alongside his wife Jeannie in the S.E. Oklahoma community of Hugo. He and his family are avid hunters and sportsmen, treasuring the bountiful natural resources that are plentiful in our beautiful state and rural communities.

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Houchen for State Senate Receives OK2A Endorsement

May 9, 2012

 

The Oklahoma Second Amendment Association announced their endorsement of Howard Houchen for State Senate District 5 on Monday according to Tim Gillespie, Director of OK2A.

OK2A has been an active and positive force supporting the natural right to keep and bear arms of all law-abiding citizens by supporting pro-2nd Amendment legislation and opposing legislation which attempts to water-down or restirct those rights.

Houchen says:  “This is an honor to receive an endorsement from a group so dedicated to securing our 2nd Amendment rights.  I have been fortunate to have worked with OK2A and Tim in supporting and lobbying the Oklahoma legislature for good pro-gun legislation.  OK2A is a great example of the power of grassroots activism.” 

Howard has been a very public, unwavering proponent of 2nd Amendment rights and looks ahead to being able to bring that experience and support to the Oklahoma State Senate as a member of the majority: “SE Oklahoma deserves a seat at the table, during all aspects of the legislative process, and I’m prepared to represent the views and principles of Senate District 5.”

Houchen says Sen. Ellis Presents SB1327 as Something It Is NOT

May 8, 2012

Also available in The McCarville Report: http://mccarvillereport.com/archives/5490

SB1327 is a bad bill for SE Oklahoma and does little to nothing to ensure we have a voice.
 
05 May 2012 (Hugo, OK) — Oklahoma Senate District 5 challenger, Howard Houchen, states:  “Senator Ellis says he wants to strengthen local control but in advocating for passage of SB1327, he is doing exactly the opposite!”

Sen. Ellis has made a hearty endorsement of the House amendment to Senate Bill 1327 but the changes made to this bill can hardly be thought of as an amendment.   SB1327 was actually gutted and replaced l with the language of another measure, HB2914.  HB2914, the “Regional Water Planning Act” was a highly problematic bill intended to create nine regional councils to manage Oklahoma’s water planning which would add another layer of government onto the already profoundly complex issue of water rights and water management.  The amended SB1327 now mandates the establishment of nine Regional Councils to manage our water.

Sen. Ellis is particularly pleased with the alteration to SB1327 that would require the members of these new Regional Councils be elected rather than appointed and to Sen. Ellis’ credit, if we are going to add yet another authority to manage our water resources, then indeed, some representation is better than none.  But this does not mean, as Sen. Ellis says, “the interests and needs of local communities would have representation in the decision making process.”  Source: The McCarville Report May 2, 2012
Oklahomans should know that SB1327 stipulates that the role of the Regional Council is advisory only.  They have no regulatory authority or any other authority.    This means that the Regional Councils do not have the power necessary to represent the people in any real sense.
“I believe Ellis’ intentions are good”, says Houchen,  “but he is totally missing the fact that regional management of our water resources will inevitably make the decision making process less local, not more.”

The powerless Regional Councils do have a mandate to fulfill, however.  This bill, supported by Ellis, requires the Regional Councils adhere to the ever evolving Oklahoma Comprehensive Water Plan as a guide for their recommendations on the water management of the nine regions, as has been predetermined by the Oklahoma Water Resources Board.

This is a terrible trade off according to Howard Houchen who explains that his campaign is invested in carefully examining the water issues that face Oklahoma .  “Right now our cities and counties have quite a bit of power when it comes to the water policy decision making process.   I am worried that by establishing these Regional Councils our local governments will end up being mere administrators of the OWRB’s plans and that is not representative government.”

The entire reason for the creation of these Regional Councils comes directly from the 2012 Update to the Oklahoma Comprehensive Water Plan which recommended that the Legislature authorize the creation of regional planning groups.    No matter how the Council members are chosen, elected or otherwise, the constraints remain the same.  The Regional Councils will follow the dictates of the Oklahoma Comprehensive Water Plan, a plan that has been soundly criticized by many including Sen. Ellis himself.
Sen. Ellis is to be applauded for his concern for adequate representation of the citizen however, dividing the state into nine new political voting regions is not the answer. Do we really need to be so hasty to enact such a drastic alteration of our traditional government structure?

If Sen. Ellis has so little faith in the statewide plan why would he support a measure that will create a mandate that effectively binds water management throughout the state to the plan?  This does not provide the constituents of SD5 or any Oklahomans with the representation that they need and deserve.
It is clear that If we continue on the path that Sen.  Ellis is endorsing, Oklahomans can expect to have less control over their natural resources, not more.   

  
Howard Houchen
OK State Senate D5 – Candidate
P.O. Box 353
Hugo, Oklahoma 74743

Houchen Announces Candidacy for Oklahoma State Senate – District 5

April 13, 2012

Howard Houchen Announces Candidacy for Oklahoma State Senate

13 April, 2012 (Hugo, OK) – Howard Houchen, a former U.S. Congressional candidate from Hugo, Oklahoma, is very pleased to announce his campaign to represent the good folks of Oklahoma Senate District 5 in the upcoming election.

Houchen, a 4thgeneration “Okie”, is a successful small businessman and a graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a degree in Political Science and a Masters degree in National Security Studies from American Military University.  He is a devoted husband and father that has built a solid reputation as a grassroots leader but feels compelled to do more, stating that;

“I have called SE Oklahoma home my entire life.  There is no doubt we are the “Heart” of the heartland.  I have witnessed the increasing encroachment of government into our private lives and businesses, to the detriment of us in rural communities. We have seen jobs leave and populations decline throughout much of this district.  After so many calls for me to seek this position, there is no way I can just stand idly by and simply watch as Oklahoma City carves away at our ability to sustain and promote individual liberty and personal responsibility in the place we call home.”

Howard Houchen is well known in Oklahoma for his outspoken support of legislation which protects Life, Liberty, and Property while being very active in informing and resisting, and even defeating, legislation that threatens the freedoms of all Oklahomans and does not cater to party politics.  He stated:

“What is right is right and what is wrong, is wrong; regardless which party proposes the legislation. In 2012 and beyond, District 5 will be facing critical issues such as natural resources, property rights, job creation and retention, and just plain having a voice in how we govern ourselves.  How we handle these issues may make or break the livelihoods of many in this area, it is my duty to do everything in my power to make sure that these issues are handled with the citizens of District 5 best interests in mind.”

Houchen looks forward to an active campaign as an opportunity to better know his neighbors in SD5 and fully understand their concerns more deeply so that he can help produce and support the best solutions possible, as their State Senator, and actively resist those actions which are not. “It is time to return to government ‘of, by and for ‘We the People’ 

Oklahoma Senate District 5 is comprised of the entirety of McCurtain, Pushmataha, and Choctaw counties and the southern portion of LeFlore County and the eastern portion of Atoka County.  “The ultimate “stakeholder” in our system of government is we, the citizens.  Not special interest groups, not lobbyist, and certainly not politicians. I look forward to hearing from as many citizens in SD5 as possible so we can all work together to realize the prosperous future we and our children deserve.”

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