Stories of Life & Ambition. All Told By an Oklahoman.

In Bob Bayse’s Words- “A new Will Rogers”

“He is like a new Will Rogers in the same old difficult times”-Bob Bayse

I recently received a typed letter of praise via postal mail from a Bartlesville, Oklahoma supporter, Bob Bayse. Bob was an educator for over 30 years and taught 20 of those years right here in Oklahoma.

Now, I met Bob at the Washington County Democratic Party meeting in the month of July and spoke briefly to Bob individually. While, I spoke more in-depth about my campaign’s battle and what I stood for to the entire group. From this less than 30-minutes of interaction, I was able to inspire Bob and give him hope for a better Oklahoma to come. One that didn’t turn its back on its sick, poor or unemployed. One that loved all of its inhabitants regardless of race or sex. An Oklahoma that would grant economic equality to its people. The type of Oklahoma that we must build for our young to stay.

I am in this campaign because I want to create a renaissance in Oklahoma that is built around growing its economy organically, empowering its people through education and actively enacting legislation that enables the quality of life statewide to improve. I am not here because my family is rich in political lore and they have the right “money” connections. I am here for every Oklahoman that believes in their state and its ability to rebound from its current condition. I believe that we, not we as a democratic party alone, I mean we as all Oklahomans must bind together and build the Oklahoma we so thirst to have.

Our Oklahoma awaits us. It calls for us. However, you must take action and vote accordingly.

Read Bob Bayse’s full letter of support below. Click on the letter to enlarge it. Letter of Support for Anthony Tucker

What The Boys & Girls Club Means To Me

On the night of the Bartlesville Boys and Girls Club’s Harley Party, I wanted to reminisce about my time at the Boys and Girls Club, and what the BGC meant and still means to me as an adult.

It was 1996, my hair was in a bowl cut, and the City of Bartlesville was on the eve of turning 100 years old in the upcoming year. This was the year that my father, Clyde, coached myself and a group of young boys to a perfect season in Flag Football at the Boys and Girls Club in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Back then I was coined the nickname, “Touchdown Tucker.” My biggest life worries were centered around if I was going to get a slushy drink after each game at Artunoff Field.

The Boys and Girls Club served then and continues now to serve as the center of the westside community in Bartlesville. Having grown up in the westside of Bartlesville with my family of six, its halls and playing fields became a staple during my elementary years. Back then the westside had two elementary schools, and you’d battle with other youth on which school was the best. Of course, I was representing the now dormant, Oak Park Elementary. However, the Boys and Girls Club provided comfort, sport, entertainment, and hope for many youth seeking an outlet in an economically impoverished area of the city. For me, it provided a neutral grounds for my father and I to get to know each other better. In addition, the club provided me with lifelong friends and it helped shape my character as a young man.

I was not the first Tucker to grow up in the Boys and Girls Club system, my father had grown up in the same halls and playing fields that I had. The club allowed my father, who at the time was working 13 hour shifts at Wonder Bread as a route driver, a breath of fresh air from the stresses of a mentally and physically taxing job. It allowed him to reminisce about the his days at the club and the lifelong friends that the club helped grant him. My father, a former Dewey High Bulldogger football player, thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to volunteer his spare time to work with not only his son, but other young boys at the club. Through these many years of him coaching and me being his go to player, I got to learn about my dad’s heart for other people and his emphasis that race is irrelevant when judging someone. He taught me to judge one by their character and their actions, not by the color of their skin.

It was lessons like the ones my father taught me and the other elders at the BGC that helped mold me into a believer in equality for all and on the path to represent the voice of the people. These years at the BGC are cherished years and ones that I still reminisce often with former BGC teammates and family members. I owe a great deal to the BGC for helping me shift my narrow views on what I could become in life and turning me into an eternal optimist. Money was not the end all, it was the drive and ambition of one that mattered.

So, on the night of the BGC’s biggest fundraiser of the year, I still can remember back in 1996 at Artunoff Field in the BGC’s Flag Football Championship game. We had the ball on our own goal line, I was playing quarterback, and my dad called for a pass play. The other team, who were coached by an old high school rival of my dad, brought a blitz and as I scrambled in our own end zone in fear of sacrificing a crucial two points (Safety), I threw the ball as far as I could off of one foot in the corner of the end zone and launched a prayer to the football Gods. As I laid on the ground toppled by defenders, I could hear my mother screaming on the sideline for Derrick Saxton to keep running. The ball I threw landed half way down the field in the hands of fellow Oak Park Panther and dear friend, Derrick Saxton. I rose from the ground to see my father sprinting down the field to celebrate with Derrick in the end zone. We won that game, but it was the moment of pure jubilation that sent my father into a sprint after 13 hours of work that was so special to me. I would never see my father sprint like that again in my life.

Thank you Bartlesville Boys and Girls Club for providing me and the rest of the westside community in Bartlesville with moments like these and the new found ability to dream to be something not only bigger, but to become someone that helped others.

Tonight I will attend the Harley Party with my father, as the first college graduate in my family and a candidate for Oklahoma House District 10. By the way, the 1996 Flag Football trophy still claims a place on my father’s coffee table at his residence.

Announcing Bid For District 10

ANTHONY TUCKER ANNOUNCES BID FOR OKLAHOMA HOUSE DISTRICT 10 SEAT

I have imagined this day since I was a young boy growing up in Oklahoma House District 10 in Bartlesville. My imagination and dream to represent the people of Oklahoma was fueled even further during my time at my alma mater, Rogers State University. During this time I had the great privilege to learn from former Oklahoma Representative and current RSU President, Dr. Larry Rice. Not to mention, I passed the gold plaque dedicated to legendary Oklahoma politician, Stratton Taylor, on a daily basis and aspired to represent the people of Oklahoma just as Stratton did.

Today marks the beginning of a journey to bring the voice of the people of House District 10 back to the State Capitol. I believe that House District 10 embodies the Oklahoma spirit just as much, if not more than any other district in the state. House District 10 encompasses a large land mass in northeast Oklahoma and consists of some of the most resilient and dedicated individuals in the state.

From Ochelata and Ramona, where they are finding ways to partner with the Cherokee Nation and major corporations to bring jobs, road improvements, tourism, and tax dollars to the region. To Nowata County, where they are also partnering with Native American tribes to stimulate the economy and are also working with our state institutions to help build a more conducive business climate in their county. To Dewey, where their city’s rich heritage helps attract thousands each year as they come to the city to view its historic buildings and museums. Back to Bartlesville, where stakeholders are trying to devise and implement a plan to build an environment and culture that encourages young professionals to not only work in the City of Legends, but also to live there. Therefore helping the city and the region increase its tax revenue. In addition to helping encourage these young professionals to start a family in the region, and to help shape a new identity for the region for the next wave of inhabitants. House District 10 is full of economic growth opportunities and potential for so much more.

My goal is to run on the same principles that I was instilled with as a young child, to be true to yourself and to be true to others. I believe that my time serving in multiple leadership capacities that focused around creating jobs and cultivating growth strategies will serve as an asset for this district. It will be through a collective effort that the district can reach its full potential economically.

I want to represent the voice of the people and fight for their aspirations for this region. I want to limit legislation that inhibits one from reaching their potential and I want to support legislation that empowers Oklahomans to obtain their financial objectives. I also firmly believe that what is good for Tulsa and Oklahoma City is not always good for Washington, Osage, and Nowata counties. Therefore making sure that the district and its best interests are well protected at the State Capitol.

My candidacy for Oklahoma House of Representatives District 10 is the culmination of a lifelong desire to serve those that mean so much to me. I hope that you will join me in this campaign.

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