Kirsten Mustain

Grove Sun

The jail overcrowding issue was foremost on many people’s minds last Tuesday at the Democratic Women’s meeting, which was held at the Hilltop Restaurant in Grove.

Democratic candidates for congress and Delaware County commissioner addressed the gathering.

Oklahoma State Senator Jim Wilson, who is opposing Dan Boren in the primary election for congress said he has ten years combined experience in the state House of Representatives and Senate.

He is also a Vietnam Veteran, who saw one year of combat. And has an “A” rating from the NRA.

Wilson said the main issues he wishes to address if he is elected are poverty and education.

“This district has seen its wages decrease by 40 percent in the past ten years,” Wilson said. “The poverty in Delaware County is not acceptable.”

He said tax breaks are currently skewed to the very wealthy and he wants to change that.

“I believe in decent housing, good education, respect and equal pay for equal work, if that makes me a liberal, so be it,” he said. “The conservatives in this country are beholden to the oil and insurance industries.”

District I County Commissioner candidate, David Poindexter said he has been a successful farmer for a number of years, and he watched his father, Bruce Poindexter, fulfill his duties as county commissioner when he was growing up.

“We need to make do with what we have and living within our means,” he said.

District I County Commissioner candidate Danny Gandy said he has a construction background.

“I know what it takes to run a successful business,” Gandy noted. “The county commission must benefit everyone and it must run like a business.”

Attendees asked both commissioner candidates what their opinions about the jail overcrowding issue were.

Poindexter said he did not believe it was economically feasible to house all non-violent offenders and he did not think the current commissioners had explored their options thoroughly before calling for a sales tax increase.

Gandy said, “I don’t think it’s right for the taxpayers to pay for somebody else’s wrong.”

He said he doesn’t like the idea that the proposed sales tax increase would last “forever.

“Every rock should be turned over, ever crack should be looked into. There is always a solution,” Gandy said.

The primary election will take place on July 27.