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.