Mike Wininger has announced his candidacy for state representative of House District 86.

Wininger is a local farmer/rancher and a lifelong resident of Adair County. He was married to the late Debi Davenport Wininger, and has three children and seven grandchildren: Brandon Fourkiller and wife Melannie, and their boys Tyler, Trent and Tyson; Sara Wininger and her children, Zack and Gracie; and Amanda Long and husband Hank, and their sons, Cayden and Connor. His parents are Bud and Barbara Wininger.

Wininger attends Lighthouse Church in Stilwell. He has worked for the Oklahoma Department of Transportation for 17 years. Most recently he was assistant resident manager for Sallisaw Residency. From 1999-2004, he was transportation maintenance superintendent for Adair County.

Wininger has worked as project manager and inspector on many jobs for ODOT, beginning in 1989. He was construction superintendent and consultant for Flaming Rainbow University, 1982-1989. He is co-owner and manager of Mike and Sons Horse and Cattle Co. in Stilwell.

Wininger has served on many committees and boards within the community. He belongs to the Adair County Democrat Party, Stilwell Kiwanis Club, Stilwell Chamber of Commerce, Stilwell Booster Club, Farm Bureau Board, National Rifle Association, Flint Lodge No. 11 and the Baron Volunteer Fire Department.

He has been president of Adair County Kiwanis; director of Stilwell Little League Summer League Baseball Program; spent seven years on the Adair County Fair Board; was adviser at Indian Capital Vo-Tech; and was president of Peavine Elementary School Board of Education.

“I am dedicated to education. I know what obstacles our schools face each and every day,” said Wininger. “My wife was a school teacher for 25 years. She dedicated her life to education, and she always inspired me to care about what is happening in our schools.”

If elected, his goal is to be the voice of this district.

“I will not forget who put me here and why. I will make one, and only one, campaign promise: Members of the House of Representatives and my constituents will know who I am and where I came from. They may like me, or they may not, but they will know I’m there,” he said.