Red Corn will run for House seat

Nathan Thompson |
Louise Red Corn

Louise Red Corn, former publisher of The Bigheart Times, announced her candidacy for the Oklahoma House District 36 seat held by Rep. Sean Roberts, R-Hominy. Red Corn, a Republican from Pawhuska, will face Roberts in the June 26 primary.

District 36 encompasses most of central Osage County and part of northern Tulsa County, including the majority of Pawhuska and a portion of Fairfax. All of Barnsdall, Wynona, Hominy, Skiatook and Avant are included in the district.

Red Corn, 59, has been a news reporter since she was 25-years old, and was publisher of The Bigheart Times from 2006 until the newspaper sold in February to Gatehouse Media, the parent company of the Pawhuska Journal-Capital. Red Corn said she made her home in Pawhuska in 2004 after working for The Associated Press in Italy, Time Magazine, the Biloxi (Miss.) Sun-Herald, Detroit Free Press, Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader,and the Tulsa World.

Red Corn said the relationships built and the people she met while publisher of the Bigheart Times led her to the decision to run for office.

“For the past 13 years, my job has been to listen to people from this district, to those with power, to those without power, and to the majority who are in between,” Red Corn said. “I heard them, and I know the challenges they face. I don’t have all the answers, but I know how to dig to find them.

“I also told those same people the truth about what happened in their courthouse, in their towns and neighborhoods and on a lot of pretty country in between. My camera, too, showed them what I saw: Beautiful children at rodeos and at livestock shows, Osages immersed in their culture, rugged cowboys living tough but fascinating lives, men and women scrapping out a living from a diminishing oil field, and veterans who still bear the scars of war. I know this district and it knows me.”

According to Red Corn, the people of House District 36 are tired of inaction at the State Capitol in Oklahoma City. She said that frustration and lack of leadership are areas where she can make a difference.

“In these 13 years, it has become abundantly clear to me that the people of District 36 and the people of all Oklahoma are not served by politics of fear and division,” Red Corn said. “We don’t need a partisan government and partisan representatives; there’s honor in civility and collaboration. We need representatives in Oklahoma City who are problem solvers, who will work to create a state of robust earners who contribute to the tax base rather than consume that tax base. We can do that by wisely investing in education and in improving the health of Oklahomans, which will in turn attract new businesses to the state, lower the enormous cost of Soonercare, and put people in better-paying jobs with a future.”

Red Corn is married to Osage Nation Assistant Principal Chief Raymond Red Corn. She is very involved in the communities of Pawhuska, Barnsdall and Fairfax.

“I cook one day a week at the Catholic soup kitchen in Pawhuska and, when needed, transport dogs for Pawhuska Pound Pals, the group that rescues dogs from the Pawhuska pound as well as Barnsdall and Fairfax,” Louise Red Corn said. “Among other volunteer activities in the past, I’ve volunteered to teach adults how to read English and children how to ride horses, sewed costumes for community theater, and worked with the Red Cross after Hurricane Katrina demolished the Louisiana and Mississippi Gulf Coast.”

Red Corn said she is committed to open lines of communication with all residents of District 36 and will represent the communities in the district, not special interests.

“District 36 needs a state representative who will return our phone calls, meet with us regularly, and who will listen to what we need and work for District 36 instead of political action committees,” she said. “I pledge to hold monthly town halls and to answer my cell phone, (918) 287-7300, whenever I can — and call back when I can’t.”