Booker for Mayor

Unity. Honesty. Transparency.

Why I'm Running

I love Lawton, and I am concerned about many of the challenges I see the city of Lawton facing. No challenge is more important than the significant decline in the population since the last census in 2010. A declining population, along with shopping online, has led to many buildings being vacant in Lawton. Along with that, we have seen a decline in sales tax revenue which is the major funding source for the city. Our next largest funding source is our utility collections, which are also decreasing due to the declining population and water conservation. The revenue needed to keep the pay of our growing police force in the top percentage in the region is also decreasing.

I am running for mayor because Lawton is at a crossroads. Our citizens and community leaders need someone to pull us closer together to reach our full potential as a city. For too long there has been much division in our city. I will bring thirty-eight years of business experience as an entrepreneur and countless hours into our community as a civic leader to the table. I have been instrumental in bringing nationally recognized speakers to Lawton on subjects such as economic development and future technological advances in the world to come. I am confident my experience, knowledge of this community and passion for this city will bring about needed change. Lawton is my family’s home. I have worked hard to provide the best that I can for my family. I will pour that same work ethic into making the city we all call home flourish.

Lawton's best days are ahead. It is time to realize that we all have the same future view for our city: a future of opportunity for our children, of growth and prosperity, and a future full of hope. The decisions that we make today will determine our future. We must develop a business friendly and business progressive reputation and mindset that will create jobs and will keep our children in Lawton. Our future view of growth and prosperity can only be realized when we come together to work toward common goals.

Division is the enemy of progress.

Goals for Transformation

My number one goal for Lawton is to transform it into the most efficient city in the state of Oklahoma. Some important steps to reaching that goal are outlined below:

City Hall Climate

Transparency and Accountability

Technology

Economic Development

Entrepreneurship/Small Business

Raise the Expectations!

A Community of Choice

Foundational Principle of Unity

Public Safety

My Background

My roots are deeply planted in Lawton. My family moved to Lawton when I was in the 2nd grade, and I am a proud graduate of Lawton Public Schools class of 1974. I married my high school sweetheart, Paula Pollina, in 1975. Paula was born and raised in Lawton. We recently celebrated our 43rd wedding anniversary. I am also the proud father of one son, Brian. Brian and his wife, Allison, were married in 2015. They added a bundle of joy, Julia, to our family in May 2017. Julia is my pride and joy.

After attending Cameron University, I made my living in the grocery and commercial real estate businesses. At the age of 24, I moved my family to Marlow, Oklahoma. We purchased a Hop & Sack Convenience Store and in few years added 5 more stores and started investing in other commercial real estate. Twenty-four years later, I divested of these successful businesses and began focusing on commercial real estate.

In 2005, an old friend of mine, Johnny Owens, provided me with an opportunity to work with him in the commercial real estate business. We were very excited to have this opportunity to move back to Lawton. In 2009, I began to concentrate on my own real estate investments.

In 2014, Brian joined the family business and has taken over the management of these properties. This has given me more time to enjoy my family and to increase my civic activities. I have served as a Sunday school teacher and deacon at First Baptist West and as President of the Greater Lawton Rotary Club. In 2015, I initiated the Lawton Rotary Leadership Institute, and served as its first Chairman. By starting the Institute, I have fulfilled a long held passion to train and encourage leadership growth in others. I believe that when leaders get better, everyone wins.

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