Charlie Peoples seeks council post
Registered Okmulgee residents will be able to vote in a nonpartisan Primary Election set for Feb. 13. Okmulgee City Council Ward 4 drew three candidates who will be on February’s ballot.
Incumbent Marcus Jeffrey is being challenged by Charlie Peoples and Steven D. Diamond.
Who is Charlie Peoples? The candidate shared this information: –Hello City of Okmulgee, My name is Charlie Peoples and I am running for your City Council Ward 4 Seat. I was born and raised in Okmulgee County. I attended Henryetta and Wilson Public Schools. I studied Business Management at OSUIT before joining the workforce.
I have served as a Reserve Law Enforcement Officer and worked for the Okmulgee County 911 Communications Centers. Currently, I am employed with SAWIN as an Account Executive.
In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, watching my nephews participate in their sporting events, being an active member of Okmulgee First Assembly of God and volunteering for different community events when the time allows.
When deciding to run for this seat, a few things came to mind that were important to me that I feel should be a priority for our city. I want to focus on and advocate for a transparent city government. I also want to prioritize community needs to ensure a prosperous future for our city.
How do we make that happen:
• Community Engagement and Accessibility: Making sure that the public has access to what is going on and seeking their input on key issues in decision-making.
• Public Safety and Well-being: Support Law Enforcement with better pay, training, and come up with a plan that is not only going to retain the officers we have but attract new applicants for the future. Without a law enforcement presence, new businesses will not want to come into our city and current ones will not want to stay. Our community will not grow without the city providing a sense of protection and safety.
• Economic Growth and Job Creation: Foster partnerships with local businesses, promote entrepreneurship, and advocate for policies that attract new industries while supporting existing ones to create employment opportunities and stimulate economic growth.
• Education and Youth Empowerment: Collaborate with schools to enhance educational resources and extracurricular activities. Advocate for youth programs that foster leadership, creativity, and skill development.
• Fiscal Responsibility: Ensure responsible budgeting, transparency in government spending, and see innovative ways to maximize resources to meet community needs without burdening taxpayers.
With teamwork and dedication, we can come together as a city and build back our community stronger than ever.