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21-year-old Khaleel Marshall launches bid for State House

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Posted at 7:36 PM, Sep 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-30 20:36:05-04

SAPULPA, Okla. — 21-year-old Khaleel Marshall launched his 2020 campaign for State House of District 30 at the Booker T. Washington Recreation Center in Sapulpa this evening.

Marshall is running as an Independent and will be challenging two-term Republican incumbent, Mark Lawson. The Sapulpa High School alum says his platform is "to promote sweeping education reform, and to promote diverse economic opportunity for his community." He is currently a political science major at Northeastern State University.

If elected, Marshall will be the youngest elected to the Oklahoma House of Representative in history, the first African American elected in District 30, as well as the first Independent elected in the district. However, he does not think his youth, or his party affiliation will be a problem.

“I think my youth provides a unique opportunity to the people in this district,” Marshall said. “My door will always be open, and I will have an open mind and ear to the concerns of the people in this community.”

Up to the election on Nov. 3, Marshall and his team plan to visit every home and learn about the concerns from everyone in the district.

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