Another Democrat enters governor's race

Tuesday, November 27th 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ Another Democrat entered the governor's race on Monday.

State Rep. James Dunegan of Calera filed his ``Dunegan for Governor'' committee with the state Ethics Commission to start raising money in the next two weeks. His candidacy brings to four the number of Democrats vying for the nomination.

Dunegan is serving his sixth term, having been first elected to the state House in 1990. He chairs the House subcommittee on public safety and transportation, which handles 10 agencies. State Rep. Kenneth Corn, D-Howe, is his campaign committee chairman.

Dunegan will officially announce his campaign Tuesday via e-mail from his Durant headquarters.

He joins businessman Vince Orza, 51, and state Sens. Enoch Kelly Haney, 61, of Seminole and Brad Henry, 38, of Shawnee as Democratic candidates for governor in 2002.

Orza announced Nov. 19 he would run; Henry announced on Wednesday and Haney announced on Friday.

Republicans seeking to succeed Gov. Frank Keating are Jerry Regier, 56, Cabinet secretary for health and human services; U.S. Rep. Steve Largent, 47, of Tulsa; and Jim Denny, 56, of Oklahoma City, a motivational speaker and father of two children injured in the Oklahoma City bombing.

Tulsa attorney Gary Richardson, 60, is running as an independent.

Keating is serving his final term.