Reaching out

 

Woodward News

By Rachael Van Horn Staff Writer, 

Republican gubernatorial candidate and current Lt. Governor Todd Lamb visited northwest Oklahoma Friday to visit with area residents and tour areas impacted by the devastating wildfires one year ago.

“One year ago, I visited several areas of the panhandle and northwest Oklahoma destroyed by massive wildfires,” Lamb said.  “Upon viewing the devastation, I committed to do whatever I could to help Oklahomans impacted by the tragedy. Today, I am visiting those same sites again, and the very people I spoke with one year ago. Tom Fanning drove me through much of the devastation last year. Tom is a nationally recognized agriculture leader and the 2017 OCA Oklahoma Cattleman of the Year. He is a friend and trusted advisor. Tom’s thoughts on the wildfire devastation are captured in this short video, and I am humbled he has endorsed my campaign, along with hundreds of other panhandle and northwest Oklahoma residents.”

To view the video, go to  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QvI5toF5x6A&feature=youtu.be

Lamb traveled to the region last year on March 14th, eight days after the wildfires. Then he, visited with ranchers and farmers, still in shock and still trying to find locations to pasture the cattle they had left, with hundreds of miles of fencing burned to the ground. 

“It was heart wrenching to see all those suffering with their losses,” he said. “But it was my honor to come and try and help.”

Lamb began his day with an interview with radio personality and owner of Omni Media Group J. Douglas Williams. The interview covered general topics, including the current deadlock in state legislature and some ideas to give Oklahoma agricultural products the export boost they need to help ranchers and farmers in the state thrive. 

Lamb talked about his five pronged approach to solving the state’s burdensome budget woes. He said the foundation of that plan rests upon a restructuring of the entire budgeting process, as well as how the  legislature manages it’s session. 

But his primary purpose for revisiting was to head back to regions that suffered catastrophic losses of human life, livestock, fencing and grazing land to check on them and find out, today, how they were faring.

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