Meet the Candidates Running for OK House District 64

LAWTON, Okla. (KSWO) – The race for District 64 of the Oklahoma House of Representatives is on, with three candidates campaigning to win your vote.

Approximately 34,000 people in Comanche County, mostly in the Lawton area, are represented by the seat. Newcomer Zachary Walls is running as an Independent to overthrow Republican Representative Rande Worthen, who has been in office for several years.

Rep. Rande Worthen spent four decades as a lawyer in Comanche County.

He said that, combined with his six years in the legislature, makes him the perfect man to represent District 64.

“I think the time I’ve spent doing this has provided me with a lot of experience to do this work, and so I’m looking forward to two more years of helping people and issues in the areas where they need help,” Worthen said.

When it comes to Capital priorities, reducing inflation for Oklahomians and funding public safety top Worthen’s list.

“We need to make sure that we continue to fund and support our first responders, our police officers, firefighters and other first responders, to ensure that we have as much public safety for these people in Comanche County,” said Worthen.

Worthen said if re-elected he would also focus on eliminating organized retail theft.

“It affects prices in the store when items are stolen,” Worthen said. “Merchants cannot simply absorb these costs automatically. They usually have to convey that and I think that’s a growing concern in the country and we’re trying to get ahead of that.

Lawton native Zachary Walls is running as an independent.

The 23-year-old said what sets him apart from other candidates is his involvement in the community.

“I have community experience and I know the community and I’m a representative of that community,” Walls said, “I think the biggest factor in that is being the voice of the people and not just being a voice for the people. ‘have a political education’.

Walls said he wanted to remove any existing discriminatory legislation and support reproductive rights.

There are three issues he would focus on if elected.

“Quality of life, which includes infrastructure, mental health resources, rural infrastructure for internet and health care and also ensuring returning veterans have job opportunities and resources for them. “Walls said.

But there is one thing Walls wants to change more than anything else as a lawmaker.

“A lot of our elected officials don’t act on behalf of their constituents,” Walls said. “They act in mindsets that appeal to the party, so I’m really thinking about tackling that mentality and bringing people’s voices back to the capital.”

A third candidate, Kyle Meraz, is also running for District 64. He also ran against Worthen in 2020. 7News has contacted Meraz several times to request an interview. He did not answer.

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