Ron Peters will be the Republican choice for the District 3 County Commissioner seat later this year. Mr. Peters won the primary with 35 percent of the vote. KRMG attended his watch party in Tulsa and obtained his thoughts on the race. Mr. Peters has already served in the Oklahoma State Legislature for 12 years. He ran for the District 3 seat, only after several friends contact him and encouraged him to run when the seat came open. Mr. Peters identified some primary issues that he wants to focus on if he is elected later this year.
“Well, infrastructure is the main thing for all the outlying areas. That’s where the growth is coming. More infrastructure, more roads, more bridges, brings more business, more rooftops and more taxes.”
“We need to collaborate with other cities and make sure that we’re running government sufficently and not duplicating efforts. And also the very big issue of the Jail. The overcrowding. The cost. We need to address that upfront really quick.”
Mr. Peters has a couple of ideas regarding the Tulsa County Jail. “The State is leaving their prisoners at our jail. It’s cheaper to leave them in Tulsa County than put them in DOC operations. Another thing I want to look at is the legalities regarding work crews. A lot of people are there because they cannot pay off their fees and fines they owe. We might want them to pay pick up trash or something to get them out of there quicker.”
The election for County Commission is scheduled for August.