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Three file for Oklahoma Corporation Commission races

The newest commissioner, Patrice Douglas, did not draw an opponent. But longtime Commissioner Bob Anthony will face fellow Republican Brooks Mitchell in the GOP primary in June.
by Paul Monies Published: April 14, 2012

The newest Corporation Commissioner did not draw an opponent and will automatically retain her seat at the regulatory panel.

Nobody filed to run against Republican Patrice Douglas, who will serve the remainder of a term that ends in 2014. Gov. Mary Fallin appointed Douglas last year after former Commissioner Jeff Cloud resigned to take a job with Continental Resources Inc.

The three-day filing period for federal, state and local offices ended Friday.

“What a privilege to serve Oklahoma and to get the chance to do it for two more years,” Douglas said. “If you've got public service in mind, this is a great thing. I get to keep working for and be a spokesperson for Oklahoma. I think Oklahomans can rule and regulate Oklahoma, we don't need Washington, D.C., doing it.”

Douglas, a former mayor of Edmond, said she raised more than $215,000 in anticipation of a race. Quarterly campaign finance reports are due at the end of April.

“It was a great start and made me feel great because it was more than 260 donors and more than 36 cities and towns across the state,” Douglas said.

Although she won't have a campaign to fight, Douglas, 49, said she'll continue to reach out to constituents.

“I'm not going to stop listening,” she said. “I'm going to keep going on my tours across all of Oklahoma, talking to the folks and seeing what really matters to them.”

Meanwhile, incumbent Commissioner Bob Anthony, 63, will face former commission administrator Brooks Mitchell, 50, in the Republican primary June 26. Both men filed for the six-year term Wednesday. No Democrats or independents filed for that office.

by Paul Monies
Energy Reporter
Paul Monies is an energy reporter for The Oklahoman. He has worked at newspapers in Texas and Missouri and most recently was a data journalist for USA Today in the Washington D.C. area. Monies also spent nine years as a business reporter and...
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