You could sum up most elections this year as the established politician vs. the concerned newcomer. And voters craving a concerned newcomer in Oklahoma’s 6th District have a horse in that race; literally.
Josh Brecheen, 31, has been training and breeding horses since 2002. Now, he’s a Republican candidate running for state senate against Democratic incumbent Jay Gumm.
Historically, Oklahoma’s 6th District is a stronghold for Democrats. Gumm has represented the district for eight years. But that might be changing according to a recent poll that shows Brecheen ahead by six points running into the election.
Brecheen grew up in Coal County, Okla., working at a family-owned John Deere dealership. He says that’s how he learned the value of hard work, a quality that has driven him to run for public office, as well as what he sees as a “common practice” by the federal government to intrude on his state’s rights.
Hard work, indeed—if Brecheen wins the election, he will add “state senator” to an extensive list of jobs he holds now.
As mentioned, Brecheen trains and breeds horses through his Brecheen Quarter Horses program. In 1999, he established a motivational speaking business to give presentations on self-esteem enhancement to young adults. And until he decided to run for office himself, he served as a field representative for Sen. Tom Coburn (R.-Okla), also a medical doctor, identifying and evaluating waste, fraud and abuse in government programs.
Coburn endorsed Brecheen in August.
Brecheen is a conservative Republican. He wants foster job growth in Oklahoma by lowering taxes. He has a 100% pro-life rating from Oklahoma for Life. He has the top rating that the NRA awards to non-incumbents. But there are other areas his unique history has led him to want to bring change to.
A graduate of Oklahoma State University, Brecheen holds a dual degree in agricultural communications and animal science. It’s appropriate, then, that he would center much of his platform on the agriculture industry, which he wants to deregulate and “be a voice” for.
And his work for Coburn identifying waste in government lends him expertise in doing the same as a state senator. He plans to continue eliminating excesses in Oklahoma’s government budget.
Brecheen, who has two stepchildren with his wife Kacie (who is pregnant with their son), also wants to focus on strengthening fundamental math and reading skills for children in rural schools. He says students shouldn’t pass through higher grades without solid foundations in these areas.
Brecheen identifies his brand of politics as the “I’m third” attitude. That is to say, he puts God first, others second and himself third.
And on Nov. 2, he’s hoping the voters of Oklahoma’s 6th district will choose him to replace what he says is the “me first” philosophy running today’s politics.
To learn more about Josh Brecheen, please visit his website.