Beckham County businessman and Roger Mills County resident, Dennis Dugger, is a candidate for the Oklahoma State House of Representatives in District 55. The Elk City native and current Hammon resident says he's running to put an end to the bitter partisanship at the State Capitol.
Dugger’s priority issues include rural economic development, access to quality health care for veterans and senior citizens, and long-term stabilization of the state budget and education funding.
"For Becky and me, it’s about the legacy we leave for our kids to follow. As a teacher, my mother did the best she could for every child, every day. Our state can do better, and we must do better now.”
"My mother, Pat, taught school for nearly 30 years, leaving a legacy of learning for generations of young people. I believe our incumbents in the Legislature have betrayed that legacy by prioritizing partisanship over people."
Along with his wife of 27 years, Becky (Welty), the Duggers own and operate The Dugout C-Store in Elk City and Western Plains Home Inspection. As a state-licensed funeral director, Dennis often assists at Martin-Dugger Funeral Home, owned by his brother, Richard.
"I will bring a much needed common sense approach to the Legislature. To be successful in business, I have to listen to my customers. To be successful as a Representative, I must listen to the voters."
Dennis and Becky have two grown children, Dillon and Kyndal. Their daughter, Kyndal, is a Strategic Communications major at Oklahoma State University. Their son, Dillon, and his wife, TaKeyah, live in Hammon and work the family farm.
"I, along with my father and son, manage our family ranch and cattle operation located in Roger Mills and Custer Counties. We are third-, fourth- and fifth-generation farmers and ranchers of this land."
Dennis devotes much of his time to public service, currently serving on the Roger Mills County Fair board. Formerly, he served as a member of the Elk City Cemetery board and as president of the Elk City Youth Recreation board. In 2012, Dennis and Becky were honored with the Elk City Education Association's "Friends of Education" award and have been awarded the Honorary Chapter FFA Degree. As a family, they are active members of Community Fellowship Church in Hammon.