Dakota Wood, a 20-year Marine Corps Veteran and Rogers County resident, today announced his candidacy for the Republican nomina- tion to the 2nd Congressional District of Oklahoma.

"I believe America truly is an exceptional country. The values on which our country was built are the same bed- rock Oklahoma values my wife and I were raised on right here in Claremore. The lack of political discipline in Washington, DC, however, Dakota Wood has placed our ‘exceptional' status at risk. I am ready and determined to take these values back to Congress and continue to serve the citizens of the 2nd Congressional District as I have done for over 25 years both in uniform and in the national security community," said Wood.

Wood graduated as the valedictorian and president of his class at Sequoyah High School in Rogers County in 1981 and received Oklahoma Congressional and Senatorial appointments to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. After graduating from one of the toughest outfits at the Academy, the 18th Company, he immediately went on to have a distinguished career as a United States Marine for the next 20 years, retiring as an accomplished and seasoned Lieutenant Colonel.

In service as a Marine, Wood participated in the planning and execution of operations around the world to include Operation Enduring Freedom following the attacks of 9/11 and Operation Iraqi Freedom to depose Sad- dam Hussein. Wood culminated his career conducting studies on military, technology, economic and political matters for the Commandant of the Marine Corps and senior officials at the highest levels of the Defense Department.

Even though Wood served his country throughout America and around the world, he kept his residency in the 2nd Congressional district during his entire career, paying state taxes and maintaining a solid absentee voting record.

Shortly after retirement, Wood joined the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, which is regularly consulted by Congress, the military services, the Department of Defense, government agencies and the defense industry for expert advice and assistance. Additionally, his insight has been sought by the Congressional Research Service, Government Accountability Office and other agencies responsible for ensuring the effective use of public tax dollars. Wood says he believes the national debt is one of the most important problems facing our nation and is a national security issue. "In 1953 Dwight D. Eisenhower spoke of the danger posed to our Nation's strength by over-regulation of industry, high inflation and loss of personal savings resulting from a devalued dollar. Like Eisenhower, I recognize the importance to national security of control- ling our debt and I will work tirelessly as your Congressman to ensure we manage our country's spending and force Congress to become

more fiscally responsible," said Wood.

Wood believes his experience will allow him to make an immediate impact in Washington. "By definition, National Security is- sues, in particular, are vital to our country and they are generally quite complex. Oklahoma has long contributed to the defense of our Na- tion and Oklahomans, armed with that experience, instinctively know complex problems usually defy simplistic solutions." Wood said. "The array of challenges facing our country are numerous and urgent. My personal back- ground and experience will enable me to immediately effect the change we must see in Washington and help to create and implement policies that ensure our nation is able to meet future threats."

Wood is a strong Pro-Life conservative, supports a balanced budget amendment and is a Life Member of the National Rifle Association.

"I am completely committed to serving our Country and the citizens of the 2nd District; my track record since graduating from Sequoyah High School in 1981 serves as ample proof," said Wood. "I love America and I will tirelessly work to bring our fiscal house in order to ensure America continues to be respected around the world as a force for good."

Wood met his wife, Dixie Jones, at their home church in Claremore. They have been married for nearly 21 years and have three children, Aubrie, Liam and Emma who are attending Claremore Public Schools.