John Naramor running for County Commissioner, District 3

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Oklahoma voters will head to the polls June 28, 2022. Tillman County voters who are registered republicans will be able to vote for County Commissioner District 3.

The five candidates are all republicans:

  • John Naramor
  • Levi Krasser
  • Ed Wilkerson
  • Steve Catlege
  • Rick Brown

Each candidate was afforded the same opportunity and provided with the same questions to let Tillman County residents get to know them.

John Naramor said he is running for County Commissioner because he believes he can provide a working man’s view to county issues.

“I believe that it is every person’s duty to participate on some level in local government whether by voting or running for an open public office,” Naramor said. “This county has been my home for over 40 years and I believe that I can provide a working man’s view to county issues and ensure the citizens are represented.”

Naramor said he does not currently see any immediate changes that need to be made in Tillman County. 

“This will be an ongoing issue that stays at the top of my list,” he said.

When it comes to qualifications, Naramor said first that he is honest.

“I am honest, you will never question where I stand on an issue,” Naramor said. “I do have an extensive construction and public safety background as well as a working knowledge of the district’s needs.”

Naramor grew up in Devol and graduated from Big Pasture high school. 

“I have lived in Grandfield for the last 40 years, married with six children and six grandchildren, most of whom live in Grandfield,” Naramor said. “I am a 25-year retired volunteer firefighter for the city of Grandfield and 20+ year former reserve deputy sheriff for Tillman County.  Currently, I am serving on the Grandfield city council and working for Tillman County district 3.  I have spent most of my life serving this county in one aspect or another and would like to continue serving it as a county commissioner.”

When it comes to pressing needs in the county, Naramor said those include keeping bus routes and mail routes open and in good condition.

“The primary needs for infrastructure would include keeping our school bus and mail routes open and in good condition,” Naramor said. “This should always be a top priority. I am not aware of any capital projects that the county is currently working on but would be open to any new ideas to promote growth for the county.”

Naramor said Building and development should always be encouraged. 

“I am a firm believer that if you don’t continue to grow, you begin to die,” he said.

Naramor said he believes writing policies and procedures should be written by appointed boards or departmental subject matter experts. 

“Outside specialists should be used for legal changes and other issues that are not commonplace occurrences,” Naramor said. “All would be presented to the commissioners for a final review and possible revision before being adopted.”

When asked about changes to existing taxes, Naramor said he does not anticipate any changes at this time.

Naramor said sitting on the City of Grandfield city council has afforded him the opportunity to understand budgets.

“For the last few years, I have sat on the city council for the City of Grandfield,” Naramor said. “In that time, I have worked closely with the city manager in the preparation of the city budget prior to the council approving it. This is never an easy process and entails numerous meetings to get accomplished in a timely manner.”

When asked if new resources were available, what one area of county services would benefit the most, Naramor said infrastructure (roads and bridges) and public safety entities.

If cuts to the county budget were ever needed, Naramor said each area should be looked at individually.

“If cuts need to occur, then the commissioners should look at each area individually and come to a workable solution that would minimize the disruption of essential services as much as possible,” Naramor said.

When asked what he thought about Tillman County sales tax, Naramor said although county sales taxes are considered high, they were voted on by Tillman County voters.

When it comes to county employees, Naramor believes it is important for the county employees to receive competitive compensation but not at the expense of overworking those employees.

“I believe that any good manager must balance this and be accountable to the citizens of Tillman County on how their tax money is spent,” he said.

Tillman County employees are not currently required to pay union dues and Naramor he does not foresee any change in this policy as Oklahoma is a right-to-work state. 

“I do know that the State of Oklahoma offers its employees the option to join the Oklahoma Public Employee Association voluntarily,” Naramor said. “I do not know if this could be an option for county employees as well, but it could be something I would look in to as an added benefit to the employees.”

When asked about the County contracting to outside companies Naramor said he doesn’t believe it would be any more effective to contract out more services.

“Some services are already contracted out, such as bridges,” he said. “I do not believe that the citizens of Tillman County would get more effective service by contracting out more those services than is absolutely necessary.”

If you can’t make it to the polls on June 28, you can vote early on June 23 or June 24 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Tillman County Courthouse.

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