Emily Virgin, a clerk for a Norman law firm, has announced she plans to run for the House seat currently held by Rep. Bill Nations, who runs into the Wall of Term Limits this year.
Since March, I have walked the neighborhoods of House District 44, talking and listening to voters. They have voiced their thoughts, concerns, ideas and suggestions and I have learned much. Voters want quality jobs with better pay and better benefits, quality and affordable health care, an education system second to none, and to protect our children and seniors from abuse and neglect.
While searching for solutions to difficult and far-reaching issues, we must be keenly aware of the unprecedented economic circumstances which confront Norman, Oklahoma and the nation. I believe we can provide for our needs and also be realistic about our limited funds and resources. We clearly are in tough times, but we cannot afford to throw in the towel and abandon essential programs and services.
Virgin, a political newcomer, is 23. The official filing period begins next week; I suspect she’ll draw some Democratic opposition. The primary is July 27.