Oklahoma Voters To Narrow The Field For Governor's Race Tuesday


Sunday, July 25th 2010, 1:43 pm
By: News On 6


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OKLAHOMA CITY -- The Oklahoma governor's seat will have a new occupant this year, and voters will narrow down the choices in Tuesday's primary election.

Democratic voters will decide between Lt. Gov. Jari Askins and Attorney General Drew Edmondson. Republican voters will choose from state Sen. Randy Brogdon of Owasso, U.S. Rep. Mary Fallin, and Oklahoma City businessmen Robert Hubbard and Roger Jackson.

Hear the candidates speak for themselves in our July 27 Primary Election Guide.

Democratic Candidates

Present Oklahoma Lieutenant Governor Jari Askins says she believes her experience and abilities give her the right background to lead the state in troubled times. Askins, who hails from Duncan and attended the University of Oklahoma, has served as the lieutenant governor since 2006 and was a member of the State House of Representatives from 1994-2006.

Attorney General Drew Edmonson promises to fight to improve conditions for citizens of Oklahoma as he has to protect them from crime. The University of Tulsa graduate, who was raised in Muskogee, is in his fourth term as Attorney General and also served three consecutive terms as the Muskogee County District Attorney. He also served in the Navy in Vietnam.

Republican Candidates

Tulsa Native and State Senator Randy Brogdon has served in the State Senate for eight years. He says he is running to lead the state into the future and protect the founding fathers' principles of limited government. Brogdon also brings 30 years of business experience in the air conditioning field. He graduated from McLain High School in Tulsa and Okmulgee Tech.

U.S. Representative Mary Fallin is a former Lieutenant Governor and currently serves in the U.S. Congress. She wants to focus leadership on job creation and economic development as well as eliminating waste. The Shawnee native went to Oklahoma State University. Her political experience also includes four years in the Oklahoma State House of Representatives.

Yukon businessman Robert Hubbard says he identifies with average Oklahomans and will promote drastic changes in Oklahoma's Department of Human Services and Department of Corrections. He has no political experience and adds that he doesn't owe any political favors as a result. Hubbard hails from Yukon and has a degree from Southern Nazarene University.

Roger L. Jackson says he wants to help Oklahoma escape from its budget crisis and plans to evoke emergency power to do so. The Oklahoma City native and business owner says his business experience will help him centralize some of the state employees to save funds. Jackson attended the University of Oklahoma and ran unsuccessfully for State Treasurer and State Representative.

Hear the candidates speak for themselves in our July 27 Primary Election Guide.