We asked the candidates to comment on why they are running for office. We also asked for their views on balancing next year’s state budget, job creation and retention in Oklahoma, improving common education and ensuring public safety.
Jari Askins (D)
Duncan High School
University of Oklahoma: B.A. Journalism
University of Oklahoma College of Law: J.D.
What is your reason for running?
“I want to put my experience and ability to work for Oklahoma. These are tough times and I want to help the state I love with all my heart. I think my experience as a judge, legislator, head of the Pardon and Parole Board and Lt. Governor gives me the right background to lead. I also believe we need a governor who can work with both parties and bring them together in the best interest of all Oklahomans. That is what I did as a legislator and that's what I will do as governor.”
Why should Oklahomans vote for you?
“I think it comes down to experience and a willingness to work with both political parties to find new ways to strengthen our economy and make our state government more efficient. As Lt. Governor, I've become well acquainted with business leaders in Oklahoma and many other states sharing a lot of ideas for creating jobs. During twelve years as a legislator, I had the opportunity to learn the ins and outs of job-creating public policies. As governor, I will continue to set partisan politics aside and seek new ideas from the best and brightest without regard to political party.”
What is your political experience?
2006-Present: Oklahoma Lieutenant Governor
1994 -2006: State House of Representatives
2010 Elections: Jari Askins
7401 N. Kelley Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK 73111
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