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Oklahoma Gov. Fallin starts campaign for second term

Republican Gov. Mary Fallin, a former congresswoman, state House representative and lieutenant governor, launched her campaign for a second term as governor on Thursday at the Oklahoma History Center in Oklahoma City.
by Graham Lee Brewer Published: October 18, 2013

/articleid/3894711/1/pictures/2242102">Photo - Protesters against Common Core education standards and for storm shelters in the schools gather as Gov. Mary Fallin kicks off her re-election campaign at the Oklahoma History Center in Oklahoma City. Fallin held rallies in Tulsa, Oklahoma City, and Lawton on Thursday. Photo by Paul B. Southerland, The Oklahoman <strong>PAUL B. SOUTHERLAND</strong>
Protesters against Common Core education standards and for storm shelters in the schools gather as Gov. Mary Fallin kicks off her re-election campaign at the Oklahoma History Center in Oklahoma City. Fallin held rallies in Tulsa, Oklahoma City, and Lawton on Thursday. Photo by Paul B. Southerland, The Oklahoman PAUL B. SOUTHERLAND

Last session, Fallin asked her Cabinet secretaries to meet with state agencies to compile a list of agencies, boards, and commissions that no longer met or were duplicative. She then worked with legislators in the House to dissolve or combine about 70 such entities.

Wallace Collins, chairman of the Oklahoma Democratic Party, said that Fallin's focus on business growth is to the detriment of many Oklahomans.

“She wants to brag about her and her team's leadership that has caused Oklahoma to not suffer as much economically, and our unemployment rate being better than average, but in those times Oklahoma cut funding for public education by 23 percent,” Collins said. “That was the highest percentage in the nation. Those two things don't jive … in my opinion she has chosen corporations over kids.”

Fallin is currently running unopposed, but Libertarian Democrat R.J. Harris of Norman said Thursday he is in the process of filing for candidacy.

by Graham Lee Brewer
General Assignment/Breaking News Reporter
Graham Lee Brewer began his career as a journalist covering Oklahoma's vibrant music scene in 2006. After working as a public radio reporter for KGOU and then Oklahoma Watch, where he covered areas such as immigration and drug addiction, he went...
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