Democratic candidate for U.S. Congressional House District 2, Jason Nichols, will serve as the keynote guest for the ribbon cutting at the new Delaware County Democratic Headquarters in Grove.

Nichols, who serves as the mayor of Tahlequah, is one of four Democrats to file for the office currently held by Congressman MarkWayne Mullin (R-Westville).

Nichols will face off against Elijah McIntosh, Tahlequah, Clay Padgett, Soper, and Virginia Blue Jeans Jenner, Wagoner, during the Tuesday, June 26 primary election.

The winner of that race will face off against the Republican candidate - Mullin, Jarrin Jackson, of Owasso, Brian Jackson of Muskogee or John McCarthy of Afton, along with the third party candidates Independent John Foreman of Park Hill and Libertarian Richard Castaldo of Grove.

The grand opening of the Democratic Party's county office will take place at 6 p.m., Tuesday, April 24, at 308 South Main, Grove, which is across the street from the Grand Lake Sports Center.

During the evening, which includes refreshments, Nichols and Ed Trumbull, Grove teacher and candidate for the Oklahoma House District 5, are among the candidates expected to attend.

For more information, persons interested may contact Vicke Adams, chairman, at 918-801-7196.

More about Nichols

Nichols, who describes himself as "practical," said he is not an "ideologue" but rather is interested in pursuing what works, instead of what makes partisans happy.

"I think you'll find very few people who would argue that things are going well in Washington," Nichols said. "There is a pattern of callousness in the decisions being made there and it's hurting the people of the second district.

"Some of representatives have taken the failed philosophy of the state's leadership and unapologetically carried it to the nation's capital. That needs to stop.

"That's why I am running. To put people before politics and make sure that Social Security, Medicare, and other programs that Oklahomans depend on are defended and improved."

Nichols said he believes the three issues he'll face immediately, if elected to the office include the solvency of Social Security, deficits and the national setting, and infrastructure improvements.

He would like to see an infrastructure initiative which improves highways, bridges, ports, and other facilities, as well as brings jobs to Oklahoma.

"It also needs to include resources for internet access in rural areas and for educational facilities improvements," Nichols said. "We [also] have to tackle the opioid crisis, we need to restore net neutrality, [and] we need to start making decisions that make people's lives better.

Nichols believes his time as the Tahlequah mayor has taught him an important lesson - of becoming accessible to constituents, and deal directly with the consequences of decisions.

"My experience has also given me direct knowledge of the struggles that people face in their everyday lives," Nichols said. "That inherent sense of accountability, and that perspective I have on the challenges Oklahomans are facing, is something I think has been missing from our current representation."

If elected, Nichols said he will "build consensus where ever possible, and fight wherever necessary, to improve the economy and quality-of-life for people in Oklahoma and within the country.

"Compared to most other candidates in the race, regardless of their affiliation, I have experience in elected office and have a history of making decisions based on sound policy and not political whim," Nichols said. "Compared to the incumbent, I think a major difference is that I'm much more interested in serving Oklahomans than I am in serving my political party or being given awards for a pattern of ideological voting."

For more information, persons interested may contact Nichols online at www.nichols4congress.com or www.facebook.com/nichols4congress or 918-212-0097.

Bio Box

The grand opening of the Democratic Party's county office will take place at 6 p.m., Tuesday, April 24, at 308 South Main, Grove, which is across the street from the Grand Lake Sports Center.

During the evening, which includes refreshments, Jason Nichols, candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives District 2 seat, and Ed Trumbull, Grove teacher and candidate for the Oklahoma House District 5, are among the candidates expected to attend.

For more information, persons interested may contact Vicke Adams, chairman, at 918-801-7196.