Oklahoma voters will head to the polls June 28, 2022. One of the offices Tillman County voters will be able to vote for is County Commissioner District 3.
The five candidates for this position are all republicans:
Each candidate was afforded the same opportunity and provided with the same questions to let Tillman County residents get to know them.
Ed Wilkerson said he is running for County Commissioner because he was encouraged by neighbors and friends to run.
“I feel I can be of service to the people of Tillman County,” Wilkerson said. “I am not looking for a
job or position to supplement my income. My intent is to be of service to the citizens of Tillman County.”
Wilkerson said one area he’d like to see changes is efficient use of funds.
“Efficient use of funds and resources as well as better communication between the County Commissioners and Tillman County citizens,” Wilkerson said.
Wilkerson’s qualifications to serve as Tillman County Commissioner include dependability and experience in business.
“I am educated and experienced in business, logistics, and maintenance of equipment,” Wilkerson said. “I have a proven record of dependability, integrity, and qualifications. I have a degree in
Accounting and Political Science. I have management experience both in the military and private sector.
I retired from a Cooperative system as the Comptroller of a multi-million-dollar operation. I was responsible for financial reporting, monthly and quarterly reporting, payroll, worker compensation and all tax reports for state and federal funds.”
When asked what Wilkerson wants the citizens of Tillman County know about him, he said, “I am a 39-year retired Army officer (Active and Reserves). I was awarded the Legion of Merit and the Bronze Star for Meritorious Service during Operation Iraqi Freedom. My wife, LaDonna, and I will be married 50 years in November. We have three sons and daughters-in-law and are blessed with eight grandchildren.
I am a landowner living near Hollister, Oklahoma. I am a member of First Baptist Church. I serve on the Finance Committee for First Baptist Church.”
Wilkerson said one of the most pressing needs facing Tillman County is lack of an emergency room.
“I would like to see an Emergency Room in Frederick,” he said.
When asked if the county should be encouraging building and development, Wilkerson said, “Absolutely. The County Commissioners should work with local planning commissions to promote industry and to promote employment opportunities.”
Wilkerson said policies and procedures should be developed within the county and executed by county administrators as much as possible.
When asked about experience preparing or authorizing budgets, Wilkerson said, “I worked in corporate accounting for 25+ years and have participated in every phase of budgeting from preparing, approving, collecting data, and presenting budgets to the Board of Directors for review and approval.
If new resources were available, Wilkerson said the Volunteer Fire Departments, Volunteer EMS, and Frederick Emergency Room would be three areas that would benefit from those funds.
When asked about making cuts to budgets, Wilkerson said, “No area of the county's budget should be above or beyond scrutiny or review. Everything is subject to audit.”
When asked about county taxes, Wilkerson said, “I am sure the perception is that taxes are always too high, however, taxes must be sufficient to accomplish the operations of the county.”
Regarding county employees, Wilkerson said, “Compensation/wages should be based on experience, training and time of service.”
Wilkerson said if there were Unions in Tillman County, employees should not be required to join or pay union dues.
When asked if citizens would get more effective services at a better rate if more functions of the county were accomplished by contracting with private providers, Wilkerson said, “In some case, if county assets (equipment, personnel, material) are not available, outside private providers should be considered. The cost to the county should always be considered first. Otherwise, the county should perform all necessary tasks.”
Wilkerson concluded with, “I encourage registered voters to vote. Good local government depends on qualified people being elected to positions in government. I will make the best use of taxpayer money my first priority.”
If you can’t make it to the polls on June 28, you can vote early on June 23 or June 24 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Tillman County Courthouse.
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