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Olivier Rey / Red Dirt Report
Jacob Rosecrants speaking at the Tyner Cornbread and Beans on August 5.
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NORMAN, Okla. – Jacob Rosecrants, Democratic candidate for House District 46, caught everyone's attention at the last Tyner Cornbread and Beans on Aug. 5.

Rosecrants, a teacher at the Roosevelt Middle School in Southwest Oklahoma City, presented in a relaxed style his program and motivation for running for State House Representative against the Republican Scott Martin, current Representative of District 46.

“I am new to this, I am not a politician, I am a teacher, I am a dad,” Rosecrants said, adding he wants to stay close and available to the citizens. Something he believed the current Republican incumbent doesn’t do anymore.

Even if his opponent has said to be pro-education, Rosecrants said the numerous votes of Martin are showing the opposite. He believed it is due to Martin’s ignorance of the real problems.

“Martin hasn’t had a real race in a long time; he doesn’t know the people he represents anymore,” Rosecrants said.

He also said Martin is financed by powerful corporations and lobbies (Martin’s campaign budget is over $71,000, 35 times more than Rosecrants’ budget). One of these lobbies is the powerful American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) which is very active among legislators on all sides.

According to Rosecrants, ALEC is sponsoring legislations that are blocking environmental laws, privatizing public schools, destroying worker’s rights, and implementing supply-side economics nationwide.

But he believed with an appropriate strategy, numerous volunteers and less than $10,000 budget it is possible to make a difference saying, “I am used to dealing with a low budget at school.”

However, he was surprised by the lack of enthusiasm of the teacher community after he declared his candidature. He added even if he opened up to all the Democrats most of his volunteers are former Bernie Sanders’ supporters.

“I don’t listen to corporates, I don’t even listen to my own party, I listen to the people,” he said. “I want you to tell me what you want.”

In addition, Rosecrants blamed the Republican majority for its inability to manage the budget, which led to a deficit of $1.3 billion. He thought the way used by the majority to stop the hemorrhage, by cutting in the budget of education and social and in another hand protect the corporations, is leading Oklahoma to bankruptcy.

“The cut in the budget affected first the most vulnerable populations; the low-incomes and children,” Rosecrants said, noting if the state government continues in this direction Oklahoma will become the next Kansas.

Rosecrants said as a teacher and a fervent advocate of the educational system he will fight against these intolerable injustices.

“Kansas is what will happen here in few years if we don’t do anything,” he said. “I want to do this to make change happen, not for a political career.”

Besides education, others issues of Rosecrants are criminal justice reform and women’s rights.

The State House District 46 covers the areas of west Norman and a large part of Noble. For more information go to Rosecrants’ website.

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