Moore businessman and political newcomer Mark McBride announced today he is a candidate for the Republican nomination for the House in District 53, the seat now held by controversial legislator Randy Terrill.
A lifelong Republican, McBride said he made the decision after spending the summer and early fall making calls and visiting with folks throughout the district. “I am humbled and grateful for the outpouring of support I am receiving daily about my campaign,” McBride said.
“I believe I understand the issues that concern the people in my district and I know that I hold the same conservative values as the vast majority of the people in our area. I know the value of hard work and the importance of standing for godly values and honest leadership in government,” McBride stated.
“If elected, I am confident I can be a strong, positive voice for the Moore community. I will bring both conservative values and honest business sense to the legislature in representing the citizens of Moore,” he said.
“Given the opportunity, I will go to the State Capitol and work hard for the things we need in our district. I want to continue to help reduce the size of the state government bureaucracy, support and strengthen our local schools, promote economic development, create more jobs, and lower the tax burden on our citizens. I am staunchly pro-life and a strong advocate of Second Amendment rights,” McBride said.
He is the owner of two successful Moore businesses – McBride Construction and Roofing and McBride Homes. Among his civic and community activities, he is a member of the Moore and South Oklahoma City Chambers of Commerce as well as the Central Oklahoma Homebuilders Association, the National Homebuilders Association and the National Federation of Independent Business.
McBride, 50, is a fifth generation Oklahoman. The McBride family has called Moore home since the 1940’s. He graduated from Moore High School in 1979 where he was active in Future Farmers of America, serving his junior and senior years as vice president. McBride attended Northwestern Oklahoma State University before going into farming and ranching operations that he managed for several years. He also worked in the western Oklahoma oil fields for a brief time.
McBride’s wife, Alana, was an instructor at Moore Norman Technology Center before suffering a serious stroke three years ago that left her partially paralyzed. They have three grown daughters, two grown sons and four grandchildren; another son was killed in an automobile accident when he was 21.
The McBrides live at 1833 SW 31st Street in Moore. They are active members of First Baptist Church in Moore. McBride has been involved in several areas of mission ministry and humanitarian aid. He has consulted with mission projects in Central America, Eastern Europe and Africa. Since 2003, McBride has personally led mission teams several times a year into remote village areas of Nicaragua and Ethiopia where they help with agricultural and veterinarian projects.