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Traci Barnes has announced her candidacy for State Representative District 3 in 2012. Traci has donated her time to improving our area for many years.
She has owned and managed hotels in Poteau for 22 years, accumulating numerous national awards. Traci served as an adjunct instructor at Carl Albert State College for nine years in both math and science.
Traci is a Poteau High School Graduate that continued her education at Carl Albert State College. She graduated with A Bachelor of Science from Northeastern State University.
She has been married for 23 years and is a member of the NRA.
Barnes has been an active member of several local Chambers of Commerce. For seven years Traci served on the Poteau Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and Executive Board, where she was the 2009 Chairman. In 2009 she was a board member of the LeFlore County Development Coalition. She is a past board member for the LeFlore County Youth Services and was named Poteau’s 2006 Woman of the Year. She was a member of the Board of Directors for the Talimena Scenic Drive Association, during which time it was designated a National Scenic Byway, and remains a member of the association. Traci is the current Co-Chair on the Fort Smith Regional Alliance Tourism Committee working to promote Oklahoma and Arkansas. Traci was also on the steering committee and is now a member of the Board of Directors and Executive Board for the Friends of Heavener Runtestone LLC, a group formed to assist the City of Heavener keep the site open as a historical site and park.
Traci Barnes has initiated and collaborated on many projects to stimulate our economy by boosting awareness of Eastern Oklahoma and attracting visitors.
Traci has been the driving force in area projects such as the Poteau Balloonfest, which she started and operated for six years. This event has now been donated to the City of Poteau. Traci was part of the fundraising and initial construction project for the ongoing Cavanal Hill Restoration in partnership with the Poteau Chamber of Commerce and the City of Poteau.
“Jobs are the number one issue facing all of us now. I will vote and fight for the issues that enable small businesses to thrive and education is always a top priority,” Traci said. “There are many changes in testing that will take place over the next few years. Teachers are our hope for the future. Our children need an education where they can compete in the workforce.
“I also believe in accountability for every vote cast as a State Representative and I vow to go to work every day prepared to work for you.”
Traci knows how to reach across party lines to work with everyone. When elected she will serve all the voters in District 3 and the State of Oklahoma.
Traci believes our water should not be sold to Texas or Oklahoma City. “Without water we cannot survive. I believe water rich Eastern Oklahoma should have a representative on the Oklahoma Water Resources Board that actually lives here.”
Traci will be upstairs at the Purple Plume on October 20th from 4 to 6 p.m., she hopes you can stop by and visit with her about the issues concerning our district. Everyone is welcome!