Editorial: Osage County commissioner deserves re-election
BY World's Editorials Writers
Saturday, October 20, 2012
10/20/12 at 4:17 AM
Residents of Osage County District 2 - which includes that portion of the city of Tulsa in Osage County - will have the opportunity on Nov. 6 to return a hard-working public servant to office. Democrat Scott Hilton, who has held that post since 1996, richly deserves re-eletion.
Hilton faces Republican Kevin D. Paslay in the general election.
A lifelong resident of Osage County, Hilton grew up in the Skiatook and Sperry area and graduated from Sperry High School. He served with the Skiatook Volunteer Fire Department for 30 years, including 10 years in leadership positions. He also is a 21-year veteran of the Osage County road maintenance department and also has served as civil defense director.
He is a member of and active in various organizations, including the Skiatook Area Sertoma Club and the Indian Nations Council of Governments.
He has especially distinguished himself in moving along transportation projects, including the 52nd West Avenue connection between Skiatook and Tulsa and the replacement of five dangerous, narrow bridges in the district.
He is continuing that commitment through working to identify and address other dangerous stretches of county roads.
He has helped to obtain grants for local fire departments to acquire equipment and improve their facilities, a critical need in rural areas.
He also was behind an employee incentive safety program that is helping to reduce on-the-job injuries, helping to save taxpayer dollars.
Among his objectives is the establishment of a Skiatook branch office for Osage County services, which would provide area residents with a convenient alternative over driving to the county seat in Pawhuska.
Hilton surely knows his way around the county and around county government, and in his 16 years in office, has proven over and over he will represent his constituents' interests. District 2 Osage County voters ought to re-elect him on Nov. 6.
Original Print Headline: For Scott Hilton