For Immediate Release
Contact: Jim Beckham (580-656-5055)
Republican Dr. Jim Beckham, Blanchard Public Schools Superintendent, will seek House District 42 seat
Dr. Jim Beckham, the Superintendent of Blanchard Public Schools, has announced he will seek election to the Oklahoma House of Representatives for District 42. The seat is opening due to term limits next year.
Beckham, a native of Lindsay, grew up ranching and farming on Rush Creek in Southern Garvin County. He and his wife, Sherrie, still run the family cattle ranch on the same property today.
Beckham has spent virtually his entire life in south central Oklahoma, working for our area over the last three and a half decades and helping our kids build brighter futures.
Beckham graduated from Lindsay High School (class of 1975) and Oklahoma State University. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma.
In 1980, Beckham started teaching science (Chemistry, Physics and Biology) at Duncan High School. From 1980 to 2004, Beckham also coached football and track, winning multiple state championships. Beckham brought his love of education—both academic and character—to each student and athlete.
From 1994 to 2004, Beckham served as Principal at Duncan Middle School. He worked as Konawa Superintendent from 2005-2007 and returned as Blanchard Superintendent in 2007, where he continues to serve today.
Beckham is the current President of the Blanchard Chamber of Commerce. He and his wife, Sherrie, who is a Licensed Practical Nurse, attend Lindsay First Baptist Church.
Beckham is a conservative and Reagan Republican.
Beckham said working for our small town rural schools will be a top priority for him at the Capitol.
“We can prevent school consolidation by directing more education funding to the classroom,” Beckham said. “We also must give teachers the tools to control their classrooms and put them back in charge, free of the mountain of government bureaucracy and unreasonable mandates they deal with today.”
Strong schools are essential to the health of our small town communities, Beckham said. “Good schools will help create good jobs, and I will be a strong supporter of the pro-growth, business friendly policies that will bring more jobs to rural Oklahoma.”
Beckham believes in traditional values, like the right to life and traditional marriage. He opposes lawyers and judges who are attacking our nation’s Christian heritage with liberal rulings like declaring the Ten Commandments unconstitutional.
“We have way too many lawyers coming out of the big cities who think they know what’s best for us ‘country folk’ here in rural Oklahoma. They high tail it out of here as soon as they can and only seem to make their way back when they want to tell us how smart they are, or tell us what to do,” Beckham said.
“Whether it’s Obama bureaucrats in D.C. or government lawyers in OKC, I will stand up to government interference with our lives here in small town Oklahoma,” Beckham said.
Beckham supports the full repeal of Obamacare, is a strong defender of the Second Amendment and supports securing America’s southern border (which includes no amnesty or “sanctuary cities” for illegal aliens).
As a fiscal conservative, Beckham believes in lower taxes for all Oklahomans. He also understands budgets, how to make payrolls and the headaches brought by dealing with unreasonable government mandates and workers compensation costs. In running his own local school district with a $15 million budget, Beckham increased the General Fund Balance (the “rainy day” fund) from $250,000 in 2007 to over $4,000,000 by 2013, all while providing essential services to students and pay raises to teachers.
Beckham is already drawing strong support from long time residents across the district. Announced members of Beckham’s Campaign Steering Committee include:
Vince Young – Blanchard Optometrist and School Board member
Jesse Crawford – Pastor, Restore Christian Church, Blanchard
Jody Davis – Blanchard Mayor
Oscar Brooks- Community Volunteer, Blanchard Public Schools
Robbie Canada- Education Consultant, Blanchard
Brandon Fentem – Lindsay Mayor
Randy Allen – Pastor, First Baptist Church, Lindsay
Frankie Minton – State Teacher of the Year, Lindsay
Russ Harrison – Chair, Leadership Oklahoma, Lindsay
Greg Tucker, Oil and Gas Construction, Lindsay
Kaona Mixon – Director, Heart of Oklahoma Chamber of Comm., Purcell
Shorty Foster- McClain County Commissioner
Johnny Beckham – Pastor, Katie Baptist Church, Foster/Elmore City
Rick Worden – Retired Educator, Paoli
Chad Clanton – Educator, Dibble
Jane Pool- Lindsay teacher and City Council
Patrick Grimmett- Pauls Valley City Council
Rocky Clarke – Educator, Washington
Dusty Ricks – MidAmerica Tech Center Superintendent, Wayne/Purcell
Beckham encourages anyone wanting to join the Steering Committee or learn more about his campaign to call him (cell – 580-656-5055) or visit his website – www.JimfortheHouse.com.
Beckham also invites everyone to his campaign kick off at Coffee-Ville in Lindsay (317 S. Main St.) from 5:00-7:00 pm on Tuesday, October 13, 2015.