By: Susan Erler | Category: Special Interest | Issue: July 2010
Blake Lewis, candidate for Rogers County Commissioner District 1, and his wife Teresa are longtime residents of Chelsea.
A registered Republican, Blake Lewis is ready to stave off retirement and hopefully begin a new career as Rogers County Commissioner District 1. Blake and his wife Teresa are both longtime residents of Chelsea. Running on a platform of transparency of government, less federal oversight and accountability in government, Blake openly states that he is not a politician. “I won’t speak half truths or print them just to get elected.”
Blake is a true hometown boy, having attended Sequoyah School through the 10th grade. He graduated high school from Claremore and then continued his education at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah. After graduating from NSU with a Bachelor of Science degree, he worked for Safeway as an industrial engineer, doing primarily time studies, scheduling seminars and dispatching. After a few years, he elected to return to the stores and worked on remodels, opened new stores and operated several different facilities.
After 18 years with the Safeway Corporation, Blake purchased All-O-Matic Ice Company, which later became Century Ice Company. At this point, Blake left Safeway to concentrate on the operation of the ice plant. His new company grew rapidly, largely due to the relationships Blake had developed and his knowledge of inventory and manufacturing. His entrepreneurial spirit continued with the purchase of a pool company, the Jiffy Mart and a Mazzio’s Pizza franchise.
“All of these businesses allowed me to grow and learn as a person,” Blake explains. “My business education and experiences allowed me to be a part of growing and successful businesses. And I learned probably the most valuable lessons of all – the ability to work with a variety of personalities and grow them together as part of a team. As a team, we were able to do great things. This is what I hope to accomplish as County Commissioner. “
After 16 years in business, Blake and Teresa sold their businesses and Blake retired to the farm. Teresa works as a rural letter carrier for Chelsea Post Office and drives through District 1’s roads daily. She sees on a first-hand basis the concerns and issues District 1 voters are facing. Blake feeds their cattle on their farm in Chelsea and as a District 1 resident, he also is profoundly aware of the problems of residents living there.
“Some of my biggest concerns facing District 1 are financial oversight,” Blake explains. “I just don’t feel that they are being taken care of. I realize that even small problems that we have will continue to grow if we stay on our current course. I feel that I have the education, background and experience to guide District 1 onto a course of success.”
Blake, like many others, has lost faith in many of our current political leaders. “So many politicians will do or say anything in order to get elected. Then, once they get in office, they follow the establishment. I won’t do that,” he explains. “I have learned how to work well with others my entire career. I will get things done. And I won’t make promises that I can’t keep.”
Blake has several staunch supporters in the area already, including his daughter Tanya and son-in-law Gene; daughter Toria and her husband Terry; and granddaughters Jesse and Bailey and grandson Hunter. All live within District 1 and in the Chelsea area.
Blake is convinced that he will be the best choice for Rogers County Commissioner District 1, and he would greatly appreciate the voters giving him a chance to prove it. If you have any questions or concerns for Blake, he can be reached at (918) 638-5194. Don’t forget to vote in the primary election July 27!