RUSH SPRINGS, OK (KSWO) –A Rush Springs man has thrown in his hat for the House District 65 seat.
Rick Gilleland announced he will run for the District 65 seat. Gilleland is a certified NRA pistol instructor, range safety officer and Oklahoma Self Defense Act instructor. He currently works with a safety company where he services fire extinguishers.
Gilleland started working for the Fort Sill Fire Department in 1989 and retired as their chief in 2011. He then went to Afghanistan as fire protection specialist.
"I have watched as our schools, volunteer fire departments, public safety programs and almost all state critical services have taken severe cuts over the past few years," Gilleland said. "We can no longer afford for citizens to stand by and allow these poor decisions to be made at the State Capitol. We need leadership in these important roles who will make the tough choices, maintain essential services and work to improve job development in western Oklahoma."
Rep. Scooter Park currently fills the District 65 seat. Before Park was elected, the seat belonged to Joe Dorman, also from Rush Springs.
The candidate filing period is April 13-15. The primary election for state offices is June 28.