Nick Singer is running for State Representative in District 87. We got the chance to ask him a few questions. Here is his bio, followed by the interview.
“Nick Singer moved to Oklahoma City in 2004 to pursue a career opportunity. Working as a full time sales representative at a locally owned company and running a small business has led to his significant involvement (and investment) in this great community.
As a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma City’s LOYAL Class IV in 2009, Nick has honed his leadership skills working on community activities and in civic organizations around the city, including the Resource Development Board for Big Brothers, Big Sisters. When he’s not at the office, Nick likes to spend time with his little brother, who he’s been paired with through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma for more than two years. He also volunteers at the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. Outside of volunteering, Nick has also twice captained a corporate rowing team at the Chesapeake Boathouse.
Nick holds degrees in math and economics from Penn State University. In the brief moments he has to himself, Singer can be found reading — news on the Internet, books on leadership and business, or even a good fantasy novel.”
GO: Why did you decide to run for state representative?
Singer: I believe an effectively run government can help provide solutions to many of our problems. Right now the current state of politics is overly divisive and focused on keeping people in power instead of solving problems. I would like to bring a people and community focused voice to the legislature that focuses on socially conscious solutions while also cutting through the partisan politics.
GO: If elected what would you do, if anything, about current pollution issues?
Singer: I would be an advocate for cleaner sources of energy and stronger local communities. I believe that building stronger, better connected, and more walk-able communities encourages not only better environmental stewardship but also addresses some of our public health issues. Bringing attention to local goods and services (food and others) is not just good environmental policy, but good economic policy as well.
GO: What about energy issues?
Singer: I support cleaner forms of energy and appropriate regulation on existing forms. Oklahoma has vast resources of both traditional and renewable energy. We should look to be at the forefront of new energy sources.
GO: What are your views on climate change?
Singer: The planet is getting warmer, all available evidence shows that. I believe in the scientific method. It is what has provided all of the technologies we enjoy today and is the best means we have to understand the world around us. If science says climate change is man-made, then it probably is. Until evidence shows otherwise, we need to be aware and start taking steps to address the issue.
GO: And lastly, why do you think our readers should vote for you?
Singer: As an Eagle Scout who took his lessons to heart, I believe environmental protection and stewardship are part of our civic duty. Science being the backbone of our economy, shows us a greater understanding of our world every day. As we learn more about how we interact with our ecosystem, we learn about the consequences of our actions.
For my fellow citizens and future generations, I want air we can breathe, water we can drink and energy sources that are clean, abundant and lower cost. I believe through effective legislation, regulation and working with private enterprise we can achieve a future where these criteria are met and exceeded.
I believe planning better for the future includes infrastructure improvements, focusing on sustainable living and maintaining a safe water supply. I support securing water resources in an environmentally conscious way that also meets our future needs.
My opponent is Jason Nelson, a two term Republican incumbent who has taken money from most of the big business PAC’s in the state. He will not support environmental causes and I will. My campaign is well organized, understands the challenges and has the ability to win this seat. Check out my website for more info: nickforok.org
Be sure to check out our other interviews as well.
Disclaimer: Green Oklahoma doesn’t endorse any candidates. We urge our readers to learn about all of the candidates and make informed choices this year. And above all Green Oklahoma urges all Oklahomans to vote!