By CRAIG HALL
Heavener mayor Troy Dyer is not through with his plans for the town, but is looking to make even a bigger impact.
After a lot of thought and consideration, the democrat has decided to throw his hat in the ring for the upcoming race for representative for District 3.
He is the only democrat to announce so far, joining republicans Rick West and Traci Barnes in their bids for the seat which will be vacated when Rep. James Lockhart’s term runs out.
Dyer, who says he is a moderately conservative democrat, has been Heavener’s mayor for just over three years.
The reason for his decision to seek the position is simple.
“I have four daughters and they are going to grow up here and live in the area,” he said. “That’s the same reason I became mayor and serve for no pay, it is to try and make thist a better area.”
Dyer is currently employed in the ag department with Heavener Public Schools and also has a car lot on the north end of town next to the Choctaw Travel Plaza.
If elected as state representative, Dyer would have to resign as Heavener’s mayor.
“I don’t want people to get caught up thinking things can’t be fixed,” Dyer said. “Just like Heavener, I want to focus on getting things fixed.”
Dyer and his wife Lacey have four daughters, Laney (11), London (9), Leighton (7) and Landi (4).
Even though he has been considering running for some time, it wasn’t an easy decision.
“At first my wife was against it,” he said. “She knows how much work and time I do for the city and she went along with it after I explained my reasons on wanting to make this a better place.”
Dyer wants to accomplish several things if elected. He would like to have a four-lane highway between Poteau and Pocola. Dyer said this would have to be placed on the Oklahoma Department of Transportation’s eight-year plan.
He also promises to work with everybody and a person’s political affiliation will not matter.
“I don’t care if you are republican or democrat, I’m going to work with whoever it needs to be to be placed on the eight-year plan,” Dyer said. “Some day I want my daughters to be able to drive on that road.”
Just like he has tried to do with Heavener, Dyer wants to get the area cleaned up.
“We have the most beautiful scenery in the state here,” he said. “But it is trashy and I want to clean it up.”
As an educator, Dyer also realizes the importance of education.
“I want to make sure the schools are taken care of and give everybody a good, quality education,” he said. “I want to see that the schools are funded adequately and make sure the schools are using the money wisely.”
Another key aspect of his plan, which Dyer said is the most important, is trying to help the drug problem.
“We’ve all seen a lot of good people lose everything because of drugs and pain pills,” he said. “I really want to try and help everybody clean up and get help.”
But Dyer also said he still has a lot of plans for Heavener, including a renter’s ordinance to improve rent houses, continuing to get the town cleaned up and get the bridge fixed on East Avenue D.
Dyer said everything is ready to go on the bridge, but they will have to wait until things dry up after the recent heavy rains.