Friday, August 19, 2011

Dakota Wood Enters 2nd District GOP Race

Dakota Wood, a 20-year Marine Corps Veteran and Rogers County resident, today announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for Congress in the 2nd District.

“I believe America truly is an exceptional country. The values on which our country was built are the same bedrock Oklahoma values my wife and I were raised on right here in Claremore. The lack of political discipline in Washington, DC, however, has placed our ‘exceptional’ status at risk. I am ready and determined to take these values back to Congress and continue to serve the citizens of the 2nd Congressional District as I have done for over 25 years both in uniform and in the national security community,” said Wood.            

Wood graduated as the valedictorian and president of his class at Sequoyah High School in Rogers County in 1981 and received Oklahoma Congressional and Senatorial appointments to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. 

After graduating from one of the toughest outfits at the Academy, the 18th Company, Dakota immediately went on to have a distinguished career as a United States Marine for the next 20 years, retiring as an accomplished and seasoned Lieutenant Colonel.            

In service as a Marine, Dakota participated in the planning and execution of operations around the world to include Operation Enduring Freedom following the attacks of 9/11 and Operation Iraqi Freedom to depose Saddam Hussein.

Even though Wood served his throughout America and around the world, he kept his residency in the 2nd Congressional district during his entire career, paying state taxes and maintaining a solid absentee voting record.            

Shortly after retirement, he joined the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, which is regularly consulted by Congress, the military services, the Department of Defense, government agencies and the defense industry for expert advice and assistance.

Wood said he is a strong Pro-Life conservative, supports a balanced budget amendment and is a Life Member of the National Rifle Association.            

“I am completely committed to serving our Country and the citizens of the 2nd District; my track record since graduating from Sequoyah High School in 1981 serves as ample proof,” said Wood. “I love America and I will tirelessly work to bring our fiscal house in order to ensure America continues to be respected around the world as a force for good.”            

Wood met his wife, Dixie Jones, at their home church in Claremore. They have been married for nearly 21 years and have three children, Aubrie, Liam and Emma who are attending Claremore Public Schools.

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