ADA — James Page recently announced he will be run for the Chickasaw Tribal Legislature, Pontotoc County District, Seat 5.

Page, a former Coalgate resident, moved to Ada to in 2006 after working for the Chickasaw Nation for two years. “I was hired by the Chickasaw Nation in January 2004 as a Senior Project Manager. I worked in Chickasaw Headquarters Information Technology and was promoted to I.T. Program Manager in 2006,” he said.

After department reorganization, Page’s position at the Chickasaw Nation was terminated. Instead of dwelling on the loss of his job, Page turned a negative experience into a positive one. “My positive reaction running for Chickasaw Legislator is one I learned from the Governor to be ‘unconquered, unconquerable,’ Page said.

Page’s platform is simple — “Chickasaws helping Chickasaws.”

“I will work hard to promote programs and legislation which protect our children, elders, and Chickasaw Nation from forces which jeopardize our physical, health, education, and financial security,” he said.

Among many of his goals under his “Chickasaws helping Chickasaws” plan is to ensure the Health Care Committee for the Legislature focuses on the new hospital’s affects on MEDISAW. The new hospital can reap benefits from additional services provided within the new hospital which are currently outsourced and burden MEDISAW. This new approach focuses on services Chickasaw could perform rather than outsource.

After his position at the Chickasaw Nation was terminated, job security was a big issue on Page’s mind. As part of the Chickasaw Legislature, Page hopes to start a “3 Strikes” approach to employee/employer relations within the Chickasaw Nation. An employee would have to be counseled three times by Human Resources before termination or loss of position. Counseling would be provided on the second offense.

“With this uniform employment policy the Chickasaw people could feel confident in their job security,” Page said.

Education is also a major concern of Page’s, who is certified to teach in the state of Oklahoma and had substitute taught at Coalgate Schools. If elected Page plans to start an After School Academic Program, that would be modeled after successful private businesses which excel in additional after school education, for struggling Chickasaw students.

Page is the father of two sons, Travis 29, Richmond, Va., and Andrew, 26, Charlotte, N.C. “But they both love Ada,” Page said. “My youngest is even thinking about moving here.”

Page is encouraging an Chickasaw member to contact him about their questions, opinions and comments about the Nation. “A legislator needs to be open to the people,” he said.

To contact Page, phone (580) 927-0496 or e-mail jgpage99@hotmail.com.

Page encourages all Chickasaw members to vote in the up-coming election on July 31, 2007, even if they do not plan to vote for him.

“I am not asking people to vote for me. I want people to seek me out and talk to me and if I measure up to their standards then they will vote for me,” Page said.

“I am more interested in voting, even if it’s against me, because it shows they are exercising the democracy the governor worked so hard to get in 1983.”

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