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March 11, 2014

Keefeton fire chief sets sights on commission seat

He plans to run as Dem in District 1

A local contractor and chief of the Keefeton Volunteer Fire Department announced plans to declare his candidacy for the Democratic nomination in the race for District 1 commissioner in Muskogee County.

Terry “Speck” Plunkett said he will campaign for the post being vacated by four-term Commissioner Gene Wallace, who said he will step aside at the end of the year. Plunkett is a longtime resident of Muskogee County in the District 1 area.

“I am a firm believer that Muskogee County is a top-notch county, and I will take pride in representing and working for the people of Muskogee County,” Plunkett said, citing his 24-plus years of service with the fire department. “The public deserves the best for the taxes they pay, and therefore, I will work hard in getting as many grants as possible to help ease the burden on the taxpayers.”

 Plunkett, who served on the Warner Public School Board, said he believes in government transparency and sees it as a necessity to protect against fraud and waste. Plunkett said he also believes in an “open-door policy with both my employees and with the public.”

Noting the necessity of experience in all facets of the office, Plunkett also touted his business experience gleaned as owner of JSCO Inc., a general contracting company and dirt contractor. He said he has “experience with heavy equipment in road and bridge construction” as well as “the ability and skills to manage the people and budget of the county.”

Among the issues he believes will be important to the next District 1 commissioner, Plunkett cited economic development as one of the most important. He said the numerous modes of transportation available here — the inland waterways and navigation system, highways and railroads — make Muskogee ideal for existing and new businesses.

“I am a firm believer and supporter of local small business and entrepreneurs, because they are the backbone of our county,” said Plunkett. “I will do what it takes to draw from the surrounding areas and bring more business to the Muskogee County area in order to further boost our economy.”

In addition to his service as a school board member, Plunkett serves as chairman of the Muskogee County Firefighter Association. The organization oversees receipts and expenditures of revenue generated by a countywide sales tax dedicated to fire protection services.

This year’s three-day filing period for those wishing to declare candidacies for county, state and federal offices will be April 9 to 11. Primary elections are scheduled June 24, with run-offs planned Aug. 26 and general elections on Nov. 4.

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

Meet Terry ‘Speck’ Plunkett

OFFICE SOUGHT: Muskogee County Commissioner, District 1

AGE: 57.

HOMETOWN: Keefeton.

FAMILY: Wife, Janice; a daughter, Mayelynn Kirk; and two grandchildren.

OCCUPATION: Business owner and Keefeton fire chief.

EDUCATION: Warner High School and Connors State College.

RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: Freewill Baptist Church, Keefeton.

HOBBIES: Hunting and spending time with grandchildren.

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