Burlison is ‘ready’ to take on the challenge

Beau Burlison of Vian said he knows he is taking on a lot of responsibility as the newly-elected Dist. 2 Commissioner for Sequoyah County after recently defeating 15- year incumbent, Steve Carter earlier this month.

“I realize I have a lot to learn but I’m ready and eager to take on the challenge,” Burlison, 43, who will be sworn-in in January, said.

Burlison has worked in the public school system and volunteered for the youth in his community for the past 15 years. He coaches football and wrestling at Vian High School.

Hard work and learning is nothing new for Burlison. He grew up along side his parents, Bill and Lou Burlison who worked at Blue Ribbon Downs when it was open. Burlison said his parents trained horses and were involved in youth sports and were big supporters of establishing the chapel at BRD which currently remains open for worship.

Burlison said he and his family moved to Sequoyah County when he was four. Following high school graduation, he pursued a degree in Health and Human Performance from NSU in Tahlequah.

Burlison said road maintenance will be his focal point as the new commissioner in his district.

“I’m excited about taking on this job. My attention needs to be 100 percent to the people. This is the biggest district in the county so that’s a lot of people,” he said. Burlison said he will resign from his coaching job to put all his attention on being a commissioner.

“I’ve always been supportive of my community and I look forward to working for them and I’m looking forward to being sworn-in in January,” he said.

Aside from the job and responsibilities he is taking, Burlison is also committed to his church and God. He attends Christ the King Church in Vian and was responsible for beginning the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at Vian School.

He and his wife, Mary, have three sons and a daughter.

“I thank my family for support and seeing me through this campaign and my community for being supportive,” Burlison said.

“I thank God for helping me see the needs in my community and I believe I can fulfill those needs.”

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