Roger Ford has spent many afternoons, nights and weekends knocking doors and meeting with voters across State House District 95.
On Tuesday night, he was able to relax with friends and family in the comfort of his own home after winning the open seat in the state House of Representatives.
Ford secured the House District 95 seat by defeating former Rose State College president Jim Cook in the general election.
With all 11 precincts reporting, Ford received 6,982 votes or 56.52 percent of the vote. Cook drew 5,372 votes or 43.48 percent of the 12,355 ballots cast in the race.
From his living room, Ford thanked his supporters who helped fuel the successful campaign.
“Everybody here and many more have given money, they have given their time and have been walking with us. Everybody has been doing something,” Ford said. “I could go around the room and thank everyone for one reason or another.”
Ford, who has owned a funeral home for 15 years, ran as a strong supporter of business, military, and education. He also vowed to be accessible and transparent with constituents.
“Any time I make a vote and people want to know why I voted that way I will give them a full explanation,” he said. “I will not vote without being able to tell someone why I made that decision.”
Cook launched his campaign because he believed the state is not properly funding public education and core services. He vowed to provide a different view within the Republican-controlled state legislature.
Ford succeeds Rep. Charlie Joyner who retired and chose not to seek a final term in office. Joyner first won election to the State House of Representatives in 2006 and was re-elected four times. He previously served 22 years with the Midwest City Fire Department and later on the City Council.
House District 95 includes most of Midwest City and parts of south Oklahoma City and Tinker Air Force Base.
The new legislators will be sworn in later this month.