Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Local Businessman Announces Candidacy for House District #2

Tom Stites, local businessman and community leader, has announced his candidacy for State Representative in House District 2.

“I grew up right here in Sequoyah County and I know how crucial it is that we have strong leadership at the State Capitol,” said Stites. “I am ready to serve this community and make this state a better place to raise our children and grandchildren.”

Stites, son of former House District 2 Rep. J.T. Stites II, holds a degree in engineering from Oklahoma State University and has served in the U.S. Air Force on both active duty and in the reserve.

Stites has worked as an engineer for the Kohler Company, The Ben Hogan Company of Fort Worth and Nike, where he was the Director of Research and Product Development. As a businessman, Stites has built several successful companies from the ground up and plans to bring more business opportunities to Eastern Oklahoma. Stites currently works with product development at Tom Stites and Associates here in Sequoyah County. Stites is a Trustee for Carl Albert State College, a member of the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association, and a member of the Sallisaw Chamber of Commerce, where he serves on the Sallisaw Improvement Committee. 

“I have been disappointed with our leadership’s commitment to providing our children with a quality public education,” said Stites. “Instead of focusing on important local issues like our schools, many at the Capitol are consumed with promoting partisan ideals. We need to set politics aside and find more resources to fix our roads, bring businesses to our community and provide our veterans with a quality life when they return home. Our priorities here in Eastern Oklahoma are important and I am ready to work hard at the Capitol to fight for all of our citizens.”

Tom Stites and his wife, Nan, live in Sallisaw, and have four children and four grandchildren. They are active members of the Immanuel Baptist Church.

House District 2 covers much of Sequoyah County and the cities of Sallisaw, Vian, Roland and Muldrow. 

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