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77 Series: Jackson County

                                                Jackson is a Strong Name

     I could not have been any more enthused than I was once I began researching Jackson County; after seeing the darkness that resides in Harmon, Greer, Washita, and Kiowa Counties. There is potential for light to be spread throughout the scope of Project D3, but we must first analyze how Jackson County was able to host the numerous manufacturers located in the county; we must learn how they were able to accomplish this feat and replicate the process in our struggling counties throughout the state.
    The Bar-S Foods Company and the Republic Gypsum plant are the two that I will dissect first. Their inception, capabilities and economic impact are in tune to what I suggest our other struggling economies do in order to enhance our communities’ standard of living. Bar-S is part of a larger operation known as Sigma. We distributed many of their products throughout my experience in commercial food distribution. Any number of food products can be manufactured with our agricultural production and sold in markets in Canada, Mexico, and throughout the United States. Food is the most natural and abundant resource we can cultivate and it is only natural to monetize it in the form of manufacturing products. As a legislator, I believe in expanding the market for new participants in our struggling economies. The leaders of our food production industries will come from those who begin to design processes. Then, when your operations should require machines to keep up with production, our engineering students will build to your specifications.
     Republic Gypsum, like most other gypsum companies, was not from Oklahoma. It is essential to the success of Oklahoma that we begin to utilize our key resources to create industry. The two industrial projects I will begin moving forward with Project D3 are the textile mill in Arapaho and a manufacturing plant for gypsum in one of our other struggling communities; I will determine the ideal location upon further research, utilizing our existing resources. The creation of these facilities will be how we rationalize new railroad construction. We will manufacture the construction material to be used in the state and market our surplus to Mexico and the Pacific. Measures such as this will increase the need new railroads to be designed that will transport our finished goods to markets throughout the world.
     We will be competitive in textiles and gypsum now and I will be making phone calls and connecting the appropriate dots to make this happen. I will also be bringing together our oil and gas executives to propose the 3,000,000 barrels a day crude oil processing plant to persuade our natural resources to stay within the country. I will also need to see who must be contacted in order for our state to begin refining metals again. All of these endeavors have massive economic implications for the state, and the nation. But it is up to our industrialist to begin inventing uses for our plastics, to begin designing the toys that our children will enjoy during birthdays and Christmas. We have a lot going on now in Oklahoma and the responsibility rests on our shoulders to ensure the industrial locomotive begins moving.
      As for our existing industry, it is very expensive to have a Black Belt Six Sigma team to come in and bring processes up to par and smaller organizations likely do not have the resources to commit to such endeavors. I am a trained Black Belt and see the attribute more as a state of mind than something a badge can endorse. A certificate does little to refine existing processes, rather the genius ingenuity does. I hope to visit these operations and see what we can do to raise the wages offered. It should not be a reluctance to pay people more in a business. Rather, it instills a great deal of pride and appreciation among the people to be so efficient, that we can pay people more for what they do.
      Given that Altus Airforce Base resides in Jackson County, I must make a confession. I love my country; I would die for my country. I spent ten years of my life training to be a Navy Seal because I loved the idea of protecting my country from behind the scenes. I achieved the esteemed presidential fitness award signed by George W. Bush in 2007. I was planning on attending the Naval Academy in Annapolis and the Blue and Gold officer for Oklahoma was our Dean at the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics; 100% of Navy Seal applicants become Navy Seals from the Naval Academy and he was my way in. One day, Professor Gleason and I had a long discussion about me becoming a Navy Seal. He looked me straight in the eyes and said “Son, you are not a killer.” I was upset, and I cried, but I understood. I am not a killer, I am a thinker. I could best serve my country by using my intellect and that is exactly what I am doing now. Many do not know this about me, but it was an internal struggle I had to deal with being a capable male in my family who did not serve in the military. I am at peace now with the warrior spirit, and we both know that the warrior still dwells within, but it is with my brain that I will bring about change, not my brawn; the fallen recognize this.
      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. As I began writing essays on the counties in Oklahoma’s third congressional district, I began to piece together Project D3, an economic endeavor to raise the median per capita income of the congressional district by 30%, or $15,000. In order to do so will require legislation and a whole lot of industrial grit; I am the perfect man for the job.



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