By Cathy Spaulding
Phoenix Staff Writer
Candidates for District 12 House of Representatives see different issues facing Oklahoma and Wagoner County.
Incumbent Wade Rousselot, D-Okay, faces Republican challenger David Tackett, a marketing representative who lives north of Coweta. The general election is Tuesday.
Rousselot said education funding is the state’s main issue.
“This is the only country that promises an education for any child,” Rousselot said. “We need to fund it at more up-to-date levels that mirror the cost of living.”
Public safety, infrastructure and human services also are important issues, he said. “The governor is on the right track to improve bridges and roads. In funding human services, we need to help when people physically and mentally cannot help themselves.”
Tackett targeted what he calls Rousselot’s voting record on abortion matters and on banning Shariah law.
“Wade has not voted pro-life more than he has voted pro-choice,” Tackett said, adding Rousselot’s “rhetoric” does not match his votes.
Tackett said he is the true conservative in this race.
“We need a representative who is 100 percent pro-life and 100 percent Second Amendment,” Tackett said. “We need someone who will lower our taxes and improve education. Wade’s a nice guy, but he does not vote right.”
Rousselot said he’s running to fulfill a commitment he made when he first ran eight years ago.
“I committed to representing this district for 12 years, until the term limits,” he said. “I have four more years of fulfilling my time as any citizen legislator would.”
Rousselot cited his community involvement and volunteer work as his main qualifications for re-election.
Tackett said his business experience helped him know how to budget. He said he also has been involved in grass roots efforts against Obama’s health care plan and other issues.
“I know how to get the right bills passed and bad bills stopped,” he said.
Tackett said he wants to work on bills to ban Sharia Law and reform education.
“We have a superintendent willing to pull $40 million out of the state textbook fund,” he said. “It’s not going to the classrooms. The education department has a really bloated administration at the state level.”
Rousselot said he wants to help streamline government spending.
“I want to just put some efficiency where we haven’t yet,” Rousselot said. “All agencies had to take cuts in the past few years. We should run things more business-like.”
Reach Cathy Spaulding at (918) 684-2928 or cspaulding@muskogee
• Saturday — Early voting, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
• Monday — Early voting, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
• Tuesday — General election, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Meet Wade Rousselot
OFFICE SOUGHT: State representative, District 12. (Incumbent)
POLITICAL PARTY: Democrat.
FAMILY: Wife, Margie; Daughter, Lelia.
EDUCATION: Okay High School; Northeastern Oklahoma A & M; Bachelor’s in animal science, Oklahoma State University.
RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: York Street Christian Church.
HOBBIES: Volunteering in the community.
Meet David Tackett
OFFICE SOUGHT: State representative, District 12.
POLITICAL PARTY: Republican.
HOMETOWN: Tulsa, now lives in rural Wagoner County, north of Coweta.
FAMILY: Wife, Allison; sons, J.D. and Cooper.
OCCUPATION: Marketing consultant.
EDUCATION: Tulsa Union High School; Bachelor’s from University of Central Oklahoma; Master of Business Administration from Northeastern State University.
CHURCH: Broken Arrow Assembly of God.
HOBBIES: Hunting, fishing, being with his kids.