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June 20, 2012

2nd District Democratic hopeful says higher taxes needed

A former educator from Fort Gibson is the only candidate competing for the 2nd Congressional District seat to say he would advocate for higher taxes.

 Earl E. Everett also cited job creation and women’s rights among the top issues on his agenda should he be elected. Everett said while there are some federal programs that could be cut, he believes taxes need to be raised.

“The taxes at this time are not sufficient enough to fund needed programs, although there are some programs that could be deleted,” Everett said. “The Constitution mandates ... to provide for the general welfare of the United States.”

Everett is one of three Democrats competing for the congressional post held by Dan Boren, the state’s lone Democrat in its congressional delegation. Boren announced a year ago he would not seek a fifth congressional term, drawing into the race six Republicans, three Democrats and an independent.

The Fort Gibson Democrat said job creation is a two-prong problem that requires “education for available jobs” and “training support in needed areas.” Job-readiness, Everett said, is essential to growing jobs.

“Education needs to be supported so workers have the skills and the knowledge they need to promote a strong economy,” Everett said. “A job-ready education is needed.”

Addressing women’s rights, Everett said the right to choose is a right that should not be challenged.

“Women’s rights are something that should not be questioned by Congress,” Everett said. “Women are capable and should choose their own needs and treatment as prescribed by their doctors.”

If elected, Everett said he would work to reduce the federal budget deficit in a balanced way that does not unduly burden the middle class, elderly, veterans and students.

Everett said his 78 years or residency in eastern Oklahoma and his “blue-collar” credentials make him the best candidate for the 2nd District post.

“I understand the needs of eastern Oklahoma citizens to whom we are indebted,” Everett said. “I understand the value of dollar and the contributions of farmers and other hard workers.”

Everett faces Muskogee businessman Wayne Herriman and former state and federal prosecutor Rob Wallace of Fort Gibson next week in the Democratic primary election. The eventual nominee will face one of six Republicans seeking that party’s nomination and Michael G. Fulks, a Heavener resident who is running as an independent.

Federal Election Commission records show Everett is one of two candidates with no reported contributions. Fulks is the second.

The Republican candidates seeking the GOP nod include House District 14 Rep. George Faught of Muskogee, Westville businessman Markwayne Mullin, former state Rep. Wayne Pettigrew of McAlester, Tishomingo lawyer and former mayor Dustin Rowe, Muskogee pastor Dwayne Thompson and U.S. Marine Corps veteran Dakota Wood of Claremore.

Reach D.E. Smoot at (918) 684-2901 or dsmoot@muskogeephoenix.com.

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