Yukon minister, Hinton veterinary office manager vie for Oklahoma House District 60 seat

The winner will serve in House District 60, which covers El Reno and western parts of Yukon. The Rev. Dan Fisher and Kendra Menz-Kimble are vying for the post.
BY MICHAEL MCNUTT mmcnutt@opubco.com Modified: October 27, 2012 at 12:51 am •  Published: October 28, 2012
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Fisher, 53, pastor of Trinity Baptist Church in Yukon, is seeking his first political office. He regularly attends meetings of the High Noon Club, made up of about 150 people who meet weekly at a west Oklahoma City gun range.

Menz-Kimble works as an office manager at the K2 Vet in Hinton, where her husband, Shane, is the veterinarian. She, too, is seeking political office for the first time.

Menz-Kimble said her primary concern is education. Oklahoma is near the bottom in public school funding, which she thinks adversely affects recruiting businesses to the state.

She said she is concerned about efforts this past session to reduce the state's personal income tax, which brings in about $2 billion, or about 30 percent of the money appropriated by legislators.

“Reducing taxes always sounds great, but you still have to find a way to pay for things,” Menz-Kimble said. “That's been my concern with a lot of bills that have been brought up is that we're going to reduce taxes but we still have to pay for roads, we still have to pay for all these things that the government is responsible for and they don't show the other part of the plan.”

Fisher said he supports reducing the personal income tax.

“Every time that we reduce taxation, that puts more money in the pockets of business owners and citizens to spend in the way that they would choose,” he said. “It creates growth financially. Companies will be more prone to come in here.”

Fisher said he is concerned that while members of the Republican-controlled Legislature have talked the past two years of cutting state spending, the state budgets have increased.

Fisher said he also supports changing rules in the House of Representatives so that committees would hold a hearing on each member's bills.

Fisher said he also would like to see more openness in the House.

“Everything kind of happens behind closed doors,” he said. “We need the people to see more. Whenever you close the door, people just automatically suspect that something wrong is going on behind it.”


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