Rep. Joe Dorman, D-Rush Springs, announced his candidacy in the Oklahoma governor's race Tuesday.
Dorman, who reaches his term limit in the House at the end of the 2014 session, went public Dec. 17 with his establishment of an exploratory committee to evaluate stepping into the race.
Dorman said at a news conference Tuesday that after several weeks of speaking with Oklahomans of all walks of life about his possible run for office, one theme became clear: voters want a new direction for the state.
“Since (Gov. Mary Fallin) moved into the Governor's Mansion, I've watched many Oklahomans suffer from her decisions that have continued to place politics over people, and special interests ahead of sound public policy,” Dorman said.
Dorman outlined several grievances with Fallin's tenure, including reductions to education funding, changes made to the workers' compensation system and the relatively high number of Oklahomans living in poverty.
At his announcement, Dorman challenged Fallin to 77 debates, one in each county of the state.
The only other candidate to express interest in running as a Democratic for governor was R.J. Harris, of Norman, but Harris dropped out of the race Jan. 14 and voiced his support for Dorman.
Dorman, a native of Rush Springs, worked as a House staffer for several years before getting elected to the Oklahoma House of Representatives just over a decade ago.