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Cleveland County Commissioner - District 2

Cleveland county has three (3) elected county commissioners that serve as the county's primary legislative and policy making body. Each commissioner is elected to a four (4) year term. Commissioners are responsible for various county roles and duties, including, but certainly not limited to the following: Supervision of all real estate owned by Cleveland County such as the Cleveland County Court House, the Cleveland County Fairgrounds, or the Cleveland County Jail. Management of county taxes and county budget Maintaining the county highway system, bridges, and roads Reviewing and approving all spending and setting policies for county business

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    Darry Stacy
    (Rep)

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    Michael Thomas
    (Dem)

Biographical Information

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Campaign Phone (405) 639-8145
Current Occupation County Commissioner
Campaign Manager Neva Hill
Email Address Neva@nevahill.com
Professional Experience 8 yrs County Commissioner 23 years Police Officer 6 year Board of Education
Education Bachelors Political Science OU Masters Police Administration University of Central Oklahoma
Volunteer Service Community Services Board Inc. Rotary International United Way Red Cross Boy Scouts of America Bethel Baptist Church Food and Shelter Meals on Wheels Women's Resource Center
Previous Races Run, Outcome County Commissioner won Board of Education no opponent
Facebook Darry Stacy
Last Election You Voted All City, County, State and National elections.
Chairman/Member, Cleveland County Board of Commissioners,Set and Administer Policies for the County,Approve the Final Budget for All County Offices,Approve All Contracts with the County,Oversee Facilities and Infrastructure of the County and its Buildings,President, Cleveland County Public Facilities Authority,President, Cleveland County Educational Facilities Authority,President, Cleveland County Board of Health,President, Multi-County Circuit Engineering District #5,Ex-officio Member, Community Services Building Board,Member, Advisory Board to OSU-County Training Program,Member, OSU Extension Advisory Board,Assisted in Creating New County HR Department.Secured Grant with City of Norman for more than $25 Million Dollars for Infrastructure Projects in Cleveland County,Secured Over $1.8 Million Dollars in Grants for County Rural Fire Departments.Over 150 miles resurfaced since taking office. Continually seek new training for safer and more efficient infrastructure for the County.
Honesty and Integrity-I believe public service is an honorable calling and officeholders should be held to the highest standards of openness and honesty. In every position of responsibility, I have held, I have worked hard to provide the people the quality local government they expect and deserve. Competence-As County Commissioner, I am proud to have overseen more infrastructure and paving projects completed than ever before in the history of District 2. I have developed strong working partnerships with City, Tribal, State and Federal leaders to make certain we stretch our budget dollars and make them go as far as possible. Our roads in Cleveland County District 2 are in the best condition ever and we have no deficient bridges. Service-I am running for reelection to continue serving the citizens of District 2 with the same dedication, enthusiasm, and full-time commitment I have demonstrated since I was elected in 2012. My job is to serve all the citizens of Cleveland County.
There are several key issues I am passionate about fighting for as County Commissioner. First, I am committed to ensuring the health and safety of all the citizens of Cleveland County. To do this I am continually focused on maintaining strong, fiscal management of our county budget to make certain we can always provide needed services in an open and responsible way, without raising taxes. Most recently, I am proud to successfully fight to secure $6 million dollars in federal CARES monies to be used exclusively in dealing with on-going efforts to address the impact of COVID-19 on needed County services. I am equally passionate about the opportunities to represent my fellow Oklahomans at the national level in a number of important roles, including: Immediate Past President of National Conference of Republican County Officials; (NACO) Resilient Counties Committee Chairman, Committee of Emergency Management and Homeland Security for (NACO), Past Chair, Veterans affairs member.
My record of service to the people of Cleveland County over the last seven years is why I believe I am worthy of another term in office. I have been actively involved in every facet of county government. In addition to serving as Chairman of the County Board of Commissioners, I also chair the Public Facilities Authority, Educational Facilities Authority, and the Board of Health. I oversee the County ACE Program and created the first-ever Veterans Coordinator position for Cleveland County. I am also President of the Multi-County Engineering District #5 as well as a member of the Advisory Board to OSU-County Training Program. As an elected official in the state’s third largest county, I have welcomed every opportunity to serve at the state and national level. I was appointed by the Governor to the Statewide 911 Management Authority and serve as Chairman of the 911 Management Authority Legislative Committee. I am also a member of the Oklahoma Oklahoma DOT County Advisory Board.
Campaign Phone (405) 760-6633
Current Occupation Rancher
Campaign Manager Self
Email Address mdthomas61@gmail.com
Professional Experience 30 years heavy highway construction management
Education Norman High School Rose State College
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Thomas-for-County-Commissioner-2020-110406643980554
Last Election You Voted Primary elections 2020
I successfully ran a $30m per year, 150 employee heavy highway construction company. My 30 years of experience within that company ran the gamut from shovel hand, up through equipment operator, job estimation, sales, collections, legal, accounting, running crews, serving on our board of directors, and eventually serving as president of the organization. My latter years in particular gave me a lot of experience in not only budgeting and job costing, but also leadership. The highest form of leadership involves motivating foremen and lead people so they can in turn motivate the workers to do their best work. I have the management experience to get the that best work for Cleveland County.
The Commissioner has to run District 2 efficiently and well. Roads must be maintained and improved. County crews need to give taxpayers increased value for the tax dollars spent. The commissioner needs to not only look for where costs can be cut, but also actively pursue state and federal funding. The Commissioner has an oversight role in County budgets. He must make sure not only that the county departments are on budget, but also have the assets to complete their mission. The county departments are all run by their own heads, but the Commissioners oversee their budgets and allocate funding so they can do their work. The Commissioner has a responsibility for honesty and transparency. The Commissioner must always take a fiduciary stance, where the good of the People takes precedence over anything else. Meetings and books need to be open, where anyone can follow where the money goes. Honesty and integrity are the only way to do business.

District 2 has had a Commissioner with a police background, where every year there is an expected 3% budget increase and you have to spend all your department budget or loose it next year. My background is in construction, where you are trained to find ways to bring your projects in under budget and on time. I would bring my business acumen to bear and find cost savings in our processes and administration, so we had more money to spend on road improvements and helping the people. More money for services and roads. Less money for administration.
I’ve spent my whole life building roads and projects. When we sold our business in 2012, I naturally gravitated towards building on my ranch and home. And while there is always something else to be done on a ranch, I am pretty well caught up here. I miss the bigger projects and working with the people. I have often complained about our government, but now I would like to actually do something about it. I think my life experience uniquely qualifies me for this position. Very few people have the ability to lead, the time, the desire, and the hands-on knowledge to run organizations efficiently. Additionally, I have a lifetime of technical road building expertise. Let me bring all this to bear for Cleveland County. Vote for Michael Thomas.