Shared from the 9/1/2019 Kingfisher Times and Free Press eEdition

Stitt to seek Senate seat


JJ Stitt

[Ed. Note: JJ Stitt has authorized the Times and Free Press to announce his candidacy as a Republican seeking the U.S. Senate seat currently held by James Inhofe, subject to the June 30, 2020, Republican primary election.]

JJ Stitt is a Dover High School graduate, law enforcement officer, third generation farmer, computer technician and family man.

One thing he is not is a politician – which he says is exactly why he wants to serve as Oklahoma’s next U.S. Senator.

“I come from several different backgrounds and understand the battles that everyday, hard working Oklahomans face in our world today,” he said. “ I’m not a Harvard graduate with the grooming. That’s what we have in Washington right now and it’s not working for us.

“Political experience is not all it’s cracked up to be.”

Stitt attended Kingfisher and Dover schools, graduating from Dover High School in 1992, and then earned an associate’s degree in criminal justice with a minor in psychology from El Reno Junior College.

He moved to Houston to start a career in law enforcement, working first for the San Jacinto County Sheriff’s Office before transferring to Montgomery County.

With a computer background, Stitt was selected to begin investigating cybercrimes and became part of the federal Internet Crimes Against Children task force out of Houston.

He holds a certification in digital forensics from Texas A&M, is a licensed cyber crimes investigator and certified law enforcement instructor.

“For the majority of my law enforcement career, I served as a supervisor,” he said. “I’ve worked major crimes from the actual incident through conviction of the perpetrator.”

When his grandmother became ill, Stitt moved back home and began working for the Kingfisher County Sheriff’s Office from 2012 until a few months ago.

The grandson of the late Bobby Stitt, JJ and his father Jackie and brother Phillip took over his grandfather’s registered brand after his death and raise black Hereford cattle on the family’s Centennial farm near Dover.

“We plant crops and raise cattle and basically are at the mercy of Mother Nature,” he said. “It’s a way of life. People think farmers are simple but we’re honest and work hard for a living without cheating or cutting corners. That work has helped form my character.”

Stitt also owns and helps operate a gun shop on Kingfisher’s Main Street and works as a computer technician.

Along with his decision to seek national office, Stitt said he’s developed serious policy initiatives for immigration reform, a tax break for the immigration system and sensible enforcement of existing gun laws without further eroding the Second Amendment.

“I want people to realize that JJ is a small time farmer who went to a small school, but there’s a lot more to me than that,” he said.

Stitt said he is discouraged by current politicians who are “just giving lip service” to the Second Amendment.

“I’d like to get across the difference between supporting something and actually fighting for something,” he said. “Right now, I’m just not seeing that. I feel like I am not being represented right now and I know others feel the same way. That’s why I want to step up.”

Stitt said he’s vetted his policy ideas with elected officials and received positive feedback.

Stitt is married to Bonnie, a school nurse for Oklahoma City Public Schools, and has four children, daughters Kylee Staggs of Calumet and Jennifer Leal of San Antonio, Texas, and sons Jayden, 17, and Jonas, 15, senior and sophomore, respectively, at Kingfisher High School.

Stitt said he believes he can bring a solid, conservative, common-sense approach to the U.S. Senate seat, along with offering voters a real choice.

“If anything, I hope I can inspire other people to step out and run for office. I’m open to other suggestions and ideas to build off of what I suggested. Let’s get a plan forward and get something done.

“My strong belief in the people of Oklahoma and the core values that make our state and country great will be my driving force as your U.S. Senator,” he said.

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