The Turlingtons are Christians. This is more important than any of what follows.
Hoss is descended from 8 Delaware District, Indian Territory pioneers and his wife, Julie, is descended from Oklahoma Territory pioneers. They are raising their four children as the 7th generation Delaware County Citizens.
Hoss is from here. He understands the problems locals face all too well.
Free link to the digital version of Hoss's expose of local government corruption, “The Most Dangerous Man”
Eventually the DA dropped charges, but only after Hoss began posting documentation of corruption in local law enforcement and government. Even though the charges were dropped, Hoss' children, wife and elderly parents will never forget the emotional and financial cost just to prove Hoss's innocence.
The worst part for Hoss was learning police and prosecutorial misconduct was normal in Delaware County and had claimed countless other victims and their loved ones.
It was this experience that eventually led to his decision to run for office.
As a former law enforcement officer Hoss understands the need for good law enforcement as well as accountability. Hoss is an advocate for law enforcement reform, but he is not anti-police. He speaks as a former law enforcement officer, who fully understands the challenges our law enforcement officers face, but he also understands the challenges of those who cannot afford to buy their own justice. He believes the best ideas for reform are those that protect both the police officer, and citizens’ rights, and any ideas that pit one against the other must be rejected.
Hoss is a former Oklahoma teacher and is licensed to teach Oklahoma History, Political Science, American History, and several other subjects.
Hoss's ancestors have served in the military from colonial times to the present. Hoss’s grandfather, Robert Kelly, who gave his life in the Philippines in World War II, was recently recognized by General Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Robert was the son of Delaware District, Indian Territory pioneers. Hoss's father served in the Air Force, and later as an Infantry officer. He raised Hoss and his brothers to believe that military service was a healthy man's obligation to his country.
While still a teenager, Hoss enlisted in the 82d Airborne Division. Hoss served as a Military Policeman, a paratrooper, and as personal security for a 4-star General officer overseas. Ed also served in Panama and is a disabled veteran. He retired from Oklahoma’s famed 45th Infantry Brigade in 2017. Hoss's younger brother, Lance was a Private in the 45th and was commissioned an Army Lieutenant. He is now a Colonel in the US Army. Their brother, REB, was an Infantry Staff Sergeant in the 45th. Both Lance and REB are combat veterans. REB was wounded in combat.
Hoss has been quoted as saying, “the thing that teachers, cops and Non-Commissioned Officers have in common is this: there is nothing better than a good one, and nothing worse than a bad one. We put young and vulnerable people in their care and supervision, and we must be able to trust them. So let’s fund them, support them and also hold them accountable, when the occasional bad actor betrays that trust.”
Hoss has been recognized in the nation’s Capitol for his service, and he speaks for veterans’ issues as one of their own. He is a staunch supporter of gun rights and the right to self-defense (obviously). He supports and has the support of honest law enforcement officers, who continue to work in difficult circumstances without adequate funding.
Hoss’s military service taught him that nothing is more important for a public servant than accountability. Public service is a public trust; it is a privilege and elected officials must answer to their constituents.
Vote for Edwin "Hoss" Turlington so he can work for YOU.
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