One need not look any further than the recent political redistricting to see that rural Oklahoma has lost representation, while urban Oklahoma
has gained state representatives. More than ever, we need leaders who are equipped to protect our rural way of life. In the wake of urban dominance, our leaders must ensure that southern Oklahoma's interests receive the attention they deserve, and that the state's policies remain sensitive to the needs of rural Oklahoma. What works in Oklahoma City often does not work well in rural areas of our state.