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77 Series: Pittsburg County

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    As I was looking into the industry that drives cities such as McAlester in Pittsburg County, I see the same problem most of our rural counties are faced with. McAlester once thrived off cotton, as did most of the state in our early statehood. McAlester once had three cotton gins and a cotton compressor, but I do not see any cotton activity there anymore. The problem is not the disappearance of an industry; the problem is that no industry came to take its place. That is exactly why I am on this economic campaign; Being able to see where our gaps are is helping me to determine exactly how we are going to get ourselves out of this economic mess.
    We are all familiar with our nations steel industry; we know that Andrew Carnegie helped revolutionize the United States with the steel industry, and we went up. We now have a steel mill in Oklahoma, the CMC: Commercial Metals Company. This is phenomenal as we begin building industry in Oklahoma. Now we have a mill for building the steel materials we will need to build factories and refineries as well as the railroads that will help disperse our finished goods throughout the world. It would be advantageous for us to begin refining metals and that is a component of Project D3; they need more industry and I will give them more industry. The Choctaw Nation helped arrange this and it brought with it two more businesses that assisted the operations of the steel mill.
    One thing I want the people to understand is that industry begets more industry. As soon as we allow our industry to expand, it will bring more and more businesses, jobs, people, and we will see our economy come back to life. I believe many of us have forgotten what it was to have a strong economy. Back when the minimum wage was less than $4.00 an hour, my father was able to sell shoes at Montgomery Awards for $18.00 an hour, plus commission. Can you imagine how strong our comeback is going to be as soon as we get this locomotive in motion? I am happy to be initiating this movement as it is going to have a profound impact on our nation; our people are going to have more money, improved health, and higher education.
    I spoke with a prominent figure in the Native American community who is into railroads just like me. He is also into refineries and he was making jet fuel at one time; jet fuel is my favorite kind of fuel. I am going to be happy when I seek my elder’s advice as I begin to develop our state’s railroads and we build the 3,000,000 barrel a day crude oil refinery. We have the same industrial vision and I know that I am the next generation of American industrialist. The fortunate part for our state is that I have an opportunity to be a legislator and that is the most important part about building industry. I am quickly discovering how essential a legislator is when we are building our industrial complex.
We need good legislation because we must protect our citizens from hazardous waste as well as maintain a solid economy. I am disgruntled as I learn more and more about hazardous waste disposal in my state. I am going to eliminate this once and for all and clean up all hazardous waste and the money to do this will come from our industry. I will then establish new legislation that ensures the health of our citizens is never imposed upon again. A sick population is a sick economy.
    Economies do not get sick by themselves and begin to suffer. They show signs of ailment and as it progresses, the economy comes closer and closer to succumbing to its illness. I will no longer watch our economy be sick; not when I am capable of healing. I am exploring each county and I know what is going on because I take an unbiased look at the major components. I am not tied to any entity nor have to represent anything but what I believe to be the best, based on my experiences and education. What I have noticed as I begin working through the industry of Pittsburg County is that we have incredible economic potential; I want to seize this potential, it is the cure for our economy.
    Nonetheless, 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. I have been designing an economic endeavor to increase the health and life expectancy of our people in Oklahoma’s second congressional district. I named this Project D2 and I will have a project for all five congressional districts.



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