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77 Series: Cleveland County

                                                 President Grover Cleveland

      It is important to bring up history when it is relevant, and being that Cleveland County is named after President Grover Cleveland, it is worth noting the vision and impact President Cleveland had on our nation. He was a fiscal conservative and fought strongly against political corruption, patronage and bossism. Bossism refers to a person who controls a unit of a political party. The bosses typically secure their power under their power through the support of voters. President Grover Cleveland fought against this and dismantled such corruption in politics. I would like for the substantially expanding community in Norman and the rest of Cleveland County to be cognizant of bossism and to be aware when bossism may be apparent. Know that you know the term, it is up to you to determine who the political bosses are in 2020.
      My name is Bevon Rogers and I am running for U.S. Senate in 2020 as a Democrat. In order to support me in the Primary Election on June 30th, you will have to be a registered Democrat because Oklahoma has closed primaries. I have been closely examining each county in Oklahoma to discover where the weak links are in our state’s economy and I have compiled each economic essay in a project called the 77 Series. You can find the series on my campaign website, www.bevonforsenate.com. My primary focus is on Oklahoma economy, but in Oklahoma’s fourth congressional district, my focus is on building our industry through expansion in our meat processing industry. I am also focusing on industry expansion through enhancing our manufacturing layer within our state economy.
     Cleveland County is home to the University of Oklahoma; this is an esteemed research university and they have a sizeable endowment with $1,735,527,000. As we build industry in the state, the university is in a perfect position to help fund the design of new processes. Our citizens are aware of what it is that we need to be working on to fix our economy. We need to manufacture more goods that we can use for our domestic consumption and rely less on imports. Industries are coming into our southeastern and northeastern areas and bringing many jobs, but we have many more manufacturing facilities that need to be present in a high functioning industrial economy.
     We also are running into a situation where we have more jobs than people to fill those positions. I do not believe the word of this gets out to the public sometimes because we have around 30% of our able workforce working in the state. What does this mean for you? It means than you may consider a position in another part of the state should you need a good job. The median per capita income in our areas with industrial parks is about $60,000 and the cost of living is much lower in more densely populated areas. This is just to create awareness and to help fill positions in our new industries.
     We have a serious issue we face as a state and at through the use of economic principals and research on every county in the state, I am able to observe what is holding some areas back, and what is stalling others. In various cities in the nation, you see small bubble economies emerge; a good example is Highland Park in Dallas. Within a very small area, the residents have access to food, restaurants, stores, and any health, legal, or professional service. Norman is not much different, though the economic driver is the college where in Dallas, it is business.
     In Norman Oklahoma, the University of Oklahoma plays a significant role on the local economy; the numbers of students, teachers, and researchers that come for the school has enormous economic impacts and the area appears to be thriving and misrepresents the rest of the congressional district by contrast. The college community brings a massive influx of capital through the expenditure of money through eating and shopping in the area. A portion of the healthcare and legal income can be attributed to the out-of-state student population; this is in the tens of thousands for each graduating class. When you remove yourself from the bubble economy in Norman, you see a much different picture of Oklahoman economy.
    Noble, for example, is much smaller than Norman. The economy of this area is still ok compared to much of the state, largely due to residual influence from the college community. Noble is smart, but they need help. In 2015 the Noble School District raised $165,000 themselves in order to fund teaching resources. I believe that by building industry, we will quickly find ourselves in a position in which we will not have to reach out to our citizens for the financing of education. Rather, the revenue from our industrial expansion will generate enough federal tax money to reopen the federal funding of our education system. It has been far too long since we have seen serious federal investing in our education system.
     I had promised that I was going to begin wrapping up one of the five components of my 2020 congressional campaign; the goal to focus on your education. The design of this project is coming together and will be a major component of Project D4. The creation of a beef processing plant, building new manufacturing processes, and discovering new methods for education funding will be the objectives moving forward. There are not many counties left in the 77 Series and we are now designing our last congressional district project. I ran into a peculiar problem when wrapping up this economic endeavor; I cannot find where the last county fits in the puzzle. I will have to draw the map out, but by the time I reach County 77, I will know where the mistake was made.


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