EL RENO, Okla. – “Protecting citizens, especially vulnerable children, seniors and victims of domestic violence,” will be Jim Priest’s number one priority if he is elected Oklahoma Attorney General on Nov. 2.
Priest will outline his post-election plans at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 14, at the next meeting of the Canadian County Democrats. Seating is available on a first come, first served for the free event at Canadian Valley Technology Center, located at 6506 E. Highway 66 between Yukon and El Reno.
Priest, age 54, believes that protection of citizens is best accomplished through prevention and prosecution.
“We have to address the root of the problems, and one of the best ways to do that is through education, public awareness and by the Attorney General using the platform of the office to speak out on these subjects,” Priest said. But prevention only goes so far.
“Despite the best educational and public awareness programs, some people will choose the path of crime, and they must be prosecuted. As Attorney General I will be tough on crime and tougher on criminals. We will prosecute violent criminals, white collar crooks, and corrupt politicians. I will protect Oklahomans through pro-active prevention and strong prosecution.”
Priest has practiced law in Oklahoma for 30 years and is employed with the law firm Whitten, Burrage, Priest, Fulmer, Anderson and Eisel. He has represented individuals, corporations, cities and state agencies in state and federal courts and is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Priest is Director of Men’s Ministries at Bethany First Church of the Nazarene. As Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma board president, he helped raise $5.4 million for a new facility. He has served as a board member for Habitat for Humanity, Bethany Public Schools Foundation and Variety Health Center, which provides health care to low income mothers and children. Priest helped found two non-profit organizations, the Marriage Network Oklahoma and Oklahoma Business Ethics Consortium.
Priest and his wife of 31 years, Diane, have a son, Spencer, and a daughter, Amanda, who lives in Tulsa with her husband Lee.
The Canadian County Democrats meet at 7 p.m. on the second Tues. of each month (except Dec.) at Canadian Valley Technology Center. For more information, call 354-3189 or visit http://www.canadiancodems.org/.
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