Michael Ross, candidate for Oklahoma House of Representatives in District 68, has earned the endorsement of the Oklahoma Public Employees Association.

“Our members are glad to support candidates like Mr. Ross,” said OPEA Executive Director Sterling Zearley. “We look forward to helping him win the runoff and working further with him on issues important to state employees.”

“I am incredibly honored to have the support of OPEA,” Ross said. “For over four decades, they have worked tirelessly to serve those who serve our state. From the DHS workers who advocate for the most vulnerable to the Health Department researchers whose efforts help keep Oklahoma safe from outbreaks to the Department of Corrections staff members who protect us from those who would do us harm, state employees give of their time and talents in the service of their state. I am proud to stand with them, and I am deeply honored to have their support.”

Ross continued by noting that, as this spring’s walkout by Oklahoma’s public school teachers loomed, OPEA was a steadfast partner throughout the two weeks of civic action.

“OPEA was by our side, every step of the way,” Ross said, “and I will never forget that. I was raised by a school teacher and a state employee, and I have always understood that the core values of service to your state and community run strong throughout the public sector. Ours is a shared vision for a better Oklahoma.”

“I cannot thank the members of OPEA enough for their support.”

OPEA is the latest endorsement for Ross, who has earned the support of former Sand Springs superintendent and Oklahoma Education Hall of Fame member Lloyd Snow as well as Roger Webb, past president of both the University of Central Oklahoma and Northeastern State University.

Michael Ross is a public school teacher entering his 15th year of service to Oklahoma’s families and children. He presently teaches at Charles Page High School in Sand Springs, OK. During his career, he has been honored for his leadership and dedication to his community and state. His wife, Lindsay, teaches in Tulsa Public Schools. The Rosses live in west Tulsa.

 

The full statement from the Oklahoma Public Employees Association:

The Oklahoma Public Employees Association Political Action Committee (OPEAPAC) recently announced the endorsement of Mr. Michael Ross (Tulsa) in the primary runoff for House District 68. OPEAPAC is the political action committee for the Oklahoma Public Employees Association (OPEA). It endorses candidates who have supported state employees and retirees in the past or whose candidacy demonstrates that improving state employment and core state services are a top priority for them.

“Our members are glad to support candidates like Mr. Ross,” said OPEA Executive Director Sterling Zearley. “We look forward to helping him win the runoff and working further with him on issues important to state employees.”

Established in 1976, OPEA is comprised of approximately 8,000 active or retired state agency employees across Oklahoma working to improve state employment and the services provided by state agencies.