John Carpenter is a yoga instructor in Choctaw. He previously worked as a probation officer, and before that he owned a construction company. And Carpenter recently organized his community’s opposition to the Eastern Oklahoma County Turnpike.
“Ultimately we didn't stop the turnpike,” Carpenter said. “But it got me politically involved.”
Now Carpenter’s trying something new once again. He’s campaigning as a Democrat to be House District 101’s next state representative.