James Bright, Managing Editor, email@example.com
RUSH SPRINGS —
Joe Dorman announced a potential gubernatorial run in 2014 yesterday.
The democratic state representative from Rush Springs said he filed papers for an exploratory committee early yesterday morning. He will term out of his current office after the 2014 legislative session.
Dorman, accompanied by a long-time political supporter and friend, retired U.S. Army Maj. Ed Pulido, filed the requisite paperwork at 10 a.m. with the Oklahoma Ethics Commission, a release states.
"The truth is, I could not stand by any longer and watch as our great state and its people suffer at the hands of a governor who is more interested in her own personal politics and fat cat friends than what matters for all Oklahomans," Dorman said in a release. "I am about common sense solutions and putting the safety and security of our children at the forefront."
Dorman said the exploratory portion of this campaign will likely not be long given the response he received yesterday. He said it's an "almost certainty" that he will run for governor.
"It has been phenomenal," he said. "The comments that have been made over social media have been amazing and donations have been great."
Dorman previously said he would like to run for Grady County Commissioner, but recent conversations appear to have changed his political direction. He is not allowed to run for two positions on one ballot.
"A lot of people out there do not feel like we have leadership for all Oklahomans," he said. "I am not going to change. I am still going to be the Joe Dorman everyone has known. I was raised in Rush Springs." Dorman outlined that he would be a governor for all Oklahomans and provide leadership on issues such as education, economic opportunity, public safety and infrastructure.
“I look forward to continuing my conversations throughout the state, listening to Oklahomans tell me about their challenges and how they need – and want – leadership,” he said. "I'm someone who can work across party lines, I have a track record of working well with Republicans and Independents."
Dorman's colleague, State Representative David Perryman (D-Chickasha) echoed this sentiment.
"Joe is well respected among legislatures," said Perryman. "His integrity and knowledge from parliamentary and a rules standpoint has no equal. Joe is looked at by members of both parties as someone who will be missed in the state house when he terms out. I can't think of anybody that would be a better representative for a chief executive for the state of Oklahoma."
Following the May tornadoes, Dorman has campaigned across the state for the installation of storm shelters in schools, while crafting legislation on the same topic.
"I will never let this go by the wayside," he said. "I am disappointed in Governor Fallin, (Attorney General Scott) Pruitt and (State Superintendent Janet) Barresi, and what they have done in this state in regards to this issue. Storm shelters will be a top issue for me."
Dorman said he will continue to represent his district to the best of his ability for the duration of his term.
Previously, Dorman lightheartedly remarked he would like to meet his first lady before running for governor, and plans to maintain that attitude during the campaign.
"I am going to meet a lot of women on the campaign trail I imagine, and maybe I'll meet the right lady," he joked.
Dorman, 43, will hold a series of listening sessions and live, interactive “telephone town halls” across the state. His first telephone town hall meeting will be tomorrow.