Editorial: For Shumate
BY World's Editorials Writers
Thursday, October 25, 2012
10/25/12 at 3:22 AM
Voters in state Senate District 11 cannot go wrong by choosing Democrat Jabar Shumate to fill the open seat formerly held by Judy Eason McIntyre. Shumate is an effective lawmaker and knows his way around the Legislature having served several terms as a state representative in House District 73.
As a House member, Shumate became part of the Democratic leadership caucus and a leader in the black caucus. He is vice chairman of the important House Education Committee and introduced the Oklahoma Bridge to Literacy Program, a bill that would allow trained community volunteers to assist schools in helping students read at grade level by third grade.
Shumate, who is supportive of small business, is one of 11 legislative candidates endorsed by the Tulsa Metro Chamber's political action committee.
He has helped line up funding for the new University of Oklahoma Wayman Tisdale Specialty Clinic and other north Tulsa health-care agencies. He also has worked to increase home ownership in his district, and promises to continue that effort in the Senate. He will continue to press for funding to complete the John Hope Franklin Reconciliation Center.
Shumate is a candidate who truly understands his district's needs. In the Nov. 6 election, he is opposed by a Republican and an independent candidate. District 11 votes heavily Democratic.
McIntyre has been a tireless and outspoken advocate for her district. While she and Shumate have different styles, they have one important thing in common: They both are committed to meeting the needs of their community. Shumate would make an excellent successor and deserves election on Nov. 6.
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