Moore, a Bethany city councilman, is Kern’s opponent in the primary election for House District 84, which includes parts of northwest Oklahoma City and Bethany.
The winner of Tuesday’s primary will be unopposed in the November general election.
Kern, 65, has been a high school government teacher for around 20 years and was elected to the Legislature in 2004. Since then, she has received national attention for inflammatory comments regarding blacks, homo sexuality and women.
Her proudest legislative accomplishments, she said, are in the field of education — particularly her work to help increase reading proficiency at the elementary level.
Kern said she chose to run for reelection for the same reasons she chose to run the first time around: to help improve the state’s education system.
“Almost half the budget goes toward education, and I have experience there,” she said.
If reelected, Kern said she hopes to introduce measures to help protect students’ privacy, and has already suggested an interim study on the matter.
She said she believes she should be reelected because both she and her district remain firmly conservative.
“We’re a good match,” Kern said.
“I haven’t changed and the district hasn’t changed.”
Moore currently serves as Bethany’s Ward 1 councilman and is the owner of an insurance agency in that town.
He said his ties to the community and HD 84 run deep, having been raised there. Moore, 47, said he decided to run because he felt Kern has concentrated too much on social issues instead of the district’s needs, such as the economic revitalization of the Route 66 corridor.
“She believes that she represents the state and not her district; I believe you represent the district. And if everyone represents their district throughout the state, then a rising tide lifts all boats,”
Moore said. “I think [HD 84] is the best place in the world to live, but it can be better. I’ve seen the highs and lows of this district my whole life.”
Moore said he believes the biggest issue facing the state is the economy and government overreach.
“Government is too big and bloated. We’ve gotten completely away from what our Founding Fathers had in mind,” he said.
If elected, Moore said, he would push legislation to limit how much government assistance an able-bodied individual could receive.
“There has got to be some commonsense brought back into that system,” he said. “There absolutely has to be welfare reform, but we have a duty to take care of your young and our elderly and our veterans.”