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Michael Kelsey of the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Assoc Encourages Folks to Roll Out and Vote Tomorrow

Mon, 25 Jun 2018 12:16:11 CDT

Michael Kelsey of the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Assoc Encourages Folks to Roll Out and Vote Tomorrow The Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association is encouraging all Oklahomans to turn out tomorrow, Tuesday, June 26th to their local polling site to vote in this year’s primary elections. OCA’s Executive Vice President Michael Kelsey sat down this morning with Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays to discuss the importance of this race and which candidates OCA has officially endorsed. You can listen to their complete conversation by clicking or tapping the LISTEN BAR below.

“This is a wild election season. I personally love it,” Kelsey remarked enthusiastically. “Tomorrow is going to be a wild day, so hang on, because I don’t trust the polls to be right honest with you. Don’t trust the polls themselves. Go! It’s vitally important that we participate in the process.”

With agriculture under more scrutiny from the public and lawmakers than ever before, Kelsey insists this is a year to ensure the friends of the ag industry win the seats they are seeking. To help them achieve this goal, Kelsey explained that the OCA has taken the initiative this year of collecting information on all the candidates and educating members on their policies, so an informed decision can be made in the voting booth. In addition, the OCA has also endorsed a few of the candidates and invested in their campaigns through its Beef PAC.

“We make those selections based on several criteria. Obviously, most important - are they supporters of the beef industry here in Oklahoma,” he explained. “Do they align with the policies of OCA and so forth.”

This year, Kelsey says the OCA has focused its resources more on the legislative side rather than some of the state office races. However, the OCA has contributed to two including the Lt. Governor’s race in which it is backing Senator Eddie Fields and in the race for Labor Commissioner, which it has chosen to endorse Leslie Osborn. Kelsey says both of these candidates are members of the OCA and are great friends to the association that deserve the support. In the legislative races, among others the OCA has chosen to endorse are candidates such as Reps. John Pfeiffer and Josh West.

For now, Kelsey says the OCA is concentrating on the primary elections and has not yet engaged in the general election campaigns. He says to stay tuned though, for further action from the OCA closer to that round of elections during which time he says the OCA will be active in its support of its friends running.

Learn more about the candidates running and details on the State Questions filed for this year's ballot by clicking here to view the Oklahoma Voting Guide for 2018.



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