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April 13, 2012

Brooks files for candidacy in District 43

DUNCAN — Corey Brooks, a Naval Intelligence officer, rancher and Washington native has filed candidacy as a Republican running for the State Senate District 43 position.

Making a first venture into a political race, Brooks joins a Republican primary field for the District 43 position that includes Clark Southard, Peggy Davenport and Ron Magar.

“Oklahoma needs conservative leaders, who will stand up for fiscal responsibility and fight for common sense solutions to the problems facing our state,” said Brooks, who is a Washington High School graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma Baptist University. “I’m pro-life, for the Second Amendment and I understand that it’s time to stop job-killing regulations.”

Saying he is no stranger to tough challenges, Brooks served as both a McClain County deputy sheriff and with the Oklahoma County District Attorney’s office. Upon graduating from college, he was asked to serve at the White House as part of the George W. Bush administration, spending about a year in the executive office of the president.

Bush then appointed Brooks to the Department of Defense, where he served as Special Assistant to the Secretary for over six years. Upon joining the U.S. Navy, Brooks was assigned to The Pentagon in the office of the Secretary of the Navy, serving as a Flag Aide and Military Assistant, and later as Deputy Branch Chief for Special Operations/Irregular Warfare.

He also earned a master’s degree in National Security and Strategic Planning from the U.S. Naval War College.

Brooks earned the rank of lieutenant before leaving active duty. He has managed large-scale military programs, and in January, returned from over a year’s duty in Afghanistan, where he was in charge of a forward deployed intelligence unit.

Now serving in the Navy Reserves, Brooks is an ordained Baptist deacon, a lay youth minister and Sunday school teacher.

Saying he is alarmed by the federal government’s moves to limit the constitutional rights of Oklahomans, Brooks added, “I will fight with everything I have at the state level to stop the federal government from attacking our religious freedoms, from forcing Oklahomans to purchase health insurance and from any other future attempt to trample our constitutional rights.”

Pointing out that Duncan is only a short drive from McClain County, Brooks said, “It’s easy to claim you know the district, but I am one of its people and I think that’s a key difference in the race for the Republican nomination.

“I will be a senator for the entire district, and being from here, I am best equipped to do just that.

“Above all, I am a person of faith and that is my guiding force. In the state Senate, I will be a voice for traditional values and marriage, as well as the sanctity of life.”

A strong advocate for veterans’ issues, Brooks added, “Our state has a rich history of Oklahomans answering the call to stand in defense of our nation’s values and freedoms.

“Today, many Oklahomans are returning from service overseas. Some have given their lives in defense of this nation. We must make sure Oklahoma honors the service of veterans of all generations, but fulfilling our commitment to them.”

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