For immediate release
October 30, 2015
Contact: Tom J. Dugger
Businessman Tom Dugger Announces Candidacy for State Senate District 21
STILLWATER – Longtime Stillwater businessman Tom J. Dugger announced he is a candidate for the Oklahoma State Senate District 21 held by retiring Senator Jim Halligan.
“Payne County is my home, and has been very good to me and my family,” said Dugger, the owner of a Stillwater certified public accounting firm since 1986. “My wife, Ann and I raised our son here, we were educated here and we are involved in community activities here. I greatly love living here, and after a lot of thought and prayer, I have decided that it is my time to give back to the County I have called home for more than 35 years.”
“Through my involvement in civic organizations and in my business, I have gained the experience, vision and values Payne County needs to lead this great state into the future.”
“Simply put, I want to plan for the future of Payne County, providing quality jobs while also protecting our state for future generations. I will listen to the people of Payne County, because I respect and truly care about them. Together, we can make a great place to live even better.”
A certified public accountant, Dugger has over 40 years of experience in audit, tax, and corporate accounting. He graduated from Oklahoma State University where he was inducted as a member of the honorary scholastic fraternity Phi Kappa Phi and was recognized as a Distinguished Accounting Alumnus in 2005. He is a member of the Oklahoma Board of Accountancy, a past board member of the Oklahoma Society of CPA’s where he received the Public Service Award in 2002. In 1995, he was honored as the United States Small Business Advocate of the Year.
Dugger served as the president of the Stillwater Exchange Club, was a board member of the Stillwater chapter of the American Red Cross, the nonprofit organization Matthew 25:40 Mission, Inc. and Turning Point Ranch (a therapeutic riding center for disabled children). He enjoys volunteering with many other local organizations. In 1989, he was awarded the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce’s Distinguished Chairman’s Award for his service to the chamber. He is a past member of the Oklahoma National Guard and an Eagle Scout, conferred by the Boy Scouts of America.
Dugger has been married to Ann Dugger, Ed.D., for 45 years. She is a retired reading specialist in the Stillwater Public Schools who currently is teaching classes in OSU’s College of Education. They have one son, Jim, who resides in Dallas with his wife Emily. The Duggers attend the First Christian Church of Stillwater.