RUSH SPRINGS —
Long-time Rush Springs resident ,and self described Democrat Ralph Beard said he will run for District 3 county commissioner this week.
Beard is running for the position left vacant by retiring county commissioner Jakc Porter.
The 57-year-old candidate has adopted the slogan, "Getting the job done for the people" during his campaign. Beard said he is fully aware, and accepts the challenges that come with being elected county commissioner.
A press release from Beard's campaign described him as a hard worker with a positive attitude.
"Ralph expressed that he believes his reputation among the citizens in Grady County is one of integrity and a strong testimony of his ability to develop wholesome working relationships with county constituents and the many agencies and individuals that make up the structure of our county government," the release states.
Beard, a United States Air Force veteran, said he has three generations of military in his family.
"His dad, Ralph Beard, brothers Terry and Lionel all fought in wars from World War II to Vietnam. One of those generations included his two sons: Jeremy and Drew, who served the Oklahoma National Guard in Iraq; his nephew, Country Beard served in Iraq and continues his duty in the National Guard of Oklahoma," the release details.
Beard is presently employed by Cactus Drilling, which has given him an understanding of the energy industry, according to the release.
"He is enthusiast about being connected to the oil and gas production in Grady County knowing that energy, including wind energy, is paramount to the economy in Oklahoma," the release states. "With the progress of energy, the economic effects are flowing into Grady County meaning prosperity and job growth for the area."
Beard graduated from Rush Springs High School and the University of Science and Arts Oklahoma.
Beard said he is dedicated to education and the future of Grady County's children.
"Maintaining the many rural routes in the area will ensure that our children are always safe as they travel to our schools in Grady County," the release states. His wife, Mayme, has been an employee of the Rush Springs public schools for 35 years fulfilling duties of coaching, the Language Arts classroom, and presently is the E2020 administrator and high school librarian."
Beard is the uncle of Rush Springs football coach Tim Beard.