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to run for governor in 2018
53% Sean Murphy, AP from $5.9 million in 2010
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Weve made it work, he
OKLAHOMA CITY said.
Republican Gary Jones, the A fierce critic of Demo-
state auditor and inspector crats during more than
who has been a thorn in the six years as chairman of
side of leaders from both the Oklahoma Republican
parties over Oklahomas Party, Jones also has been
tax and budget policies, critical of various fiscal
confirmed Monday that hes decisions by the GOP-led
running for governor. Legislature and Fallins sec-
Jones, 62, said he will for- retary of finance, Preston
mally launch his campaign Doerflinger.
in the fall, but that he will A former telecommuni-
seek to replace Republican cations industry executive,
Gov. Mary Fallin, who cant Jones runs a farming and
run again because of term ranching operation with his
limits. family in the southwestern
My main message is Oklahoma community
that we have to be fiscally of Cache, where he also
responsible, that we have served as a Comanche
to cut out all unnecessary County commissioner.
expenses, but we also have Jones was elected state
to have enough revenue to auditor in 2010 as part
fund core services, Jones of a Republican sweep of
told The Associated Press. statewide offices, but he is
If you turn me loose term-limited and cant run
today, I could show you for that post again. Jones, 62, said he will formally launch his campaign
some areas where we could in the fall.
Jones acknowledged that
make cuts and not lose core hell be at a major fundrais- Richardson, who said hes Attorney General Drew
services. ing disadvantage to other willing to put at least $2.5 Edmondson, House Demo-
Jones said he thinks GOP candidates such as million of his own money cratic Leader Rep. Scott
many state agencies are Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb, who into his campaign. Inman, former state Sen.
top heavy with excessive already has $1 million in Democratic candidates Connie Johnson and retired
administration, and he his campaign account, who have announced plans auto mechanic Norman
noted how his own agencys and Tulsa attorney Gary to run include former Brown.
budget has been slashed

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run for governor
BY SEAN MURPHY western Oklahoma com-
The Associated Press munity of Cache, where he
also served as a Comanche
Republican Gary Jones, County commissioner.
the state auditor and Jones was elected state
inspector who has been a auditor in 2010 as part of a
thorn in the side of lead- Republican sweep of state-
ers from both parties over wide offices, but he is term-
Oklahomas tax and budget limited and cant run for
policies, confirmed Mon- that post again.
day that hes running for Jones acknowledged that
governor. Gary Jones, Oklahoma hell be at a major fundrais-
Jones, 62, said he will auditor and inspector ing disadvantage to other
formally launch his cam- GOP candidates such as
paign in the fall, but that he been slashed from $5.9 mil- Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb, who
will seek to succeed Repub- lion in 2010 to $2.9 million already has $1 million in
lican Gov. Mary Fallin, who this year. his campaign account, and
cant run again because of A fierce critic of Demo- Tulsa attorney Gary Rich-
term limits. crats during more than ardson, who said hes will-
My main message is six years as chairman of ing to put at least $2.5 mil-
that we have to be fiscally the Oklahoma Republican lion of his own money into
responsible, that we have Party, Jones also has been his campaign.
to cut out all unnecessary critical of various fiscal Democratic candidates
expenses, but we also have decisions by the GOP-led who have announced plans
to have enough revenue to Legislature and Fallins to run include former
fund core services, Jones secretary of finance, Pres- Attorney General Drew
told The Associated Press. ton Doerflinger. Edmondson, House Dem-
Jones said he thinks many A former telecommuni- ocratic Leader Rep. Scott
state agencies are top heavy cations industry executive, Inman, former state Sen.
with excessive administra- Jones runs a farming and Connie Johnson and retired
tion, and he noted how his ranching operation with auto mechanic Norman
own agencys budget has his family in the south- Brown.

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Auditor Gary Jones to run for governor in 2018


BY SEAN MURPHY but we also have to have enough rev- Oklahoma Republican Party, Jones also Jones acknowledged that hell be at a
Associated Press enue to fund core services, Jones told has been critical of various scal deci- major fundraising disadvantage to other
The Associated Press. If you turn me sions by the GOP-led Legislature and GOP candidates such as Lt. Gov. Todd
OKLAHOMA CITY Republican Gary loose today, I could show you Fallins secretary of nance, Lamb, who already has $1 million in his
Jones, the state auditor and inspec- some areas where we could Preston Doeringer. campaign account, and Tulsa attorney
tor who has been a thorn in the side of make cuts and not lose core A former telecommunica- Gary Richardson, who said hes willing
leaders from both parties over Oklaho- services. tions industry executive, Jones to put at least $2.5 million of his own
mas tax and budget policies, conrmed Jones said he thinks many runs a farming and ranching money into his campaign.
Monday that hes running for governor. state agencies are top-heavy operation with his family in the Democratic candidates who have an-
Jones, 62, said he will formally launch with excessive administra- southwestern Oklahoma com- nounced plans to run include former At-
his campaign in the fall, but that he will tion, and he noted how his munity of Cache, where he also torney General Drew Edmondson, House
seek to replace Republican Gov. Mary own agencys budget has been Gary served as a Comanche County Democratic Leader Rep. Scott Inman,
Fallin, who cant run again because of slashed from $5.9 million in Jones commissioner. former state Sen. Connie Johnson and re-
term limits. 2010 to $2.9 million this year. Jones was elected state audi- tired auto mechanic Norman Brown.
My main message is that we have Weve made it work, he said. tor in 2010 as part of a Republican sweep Rex Lawhorn, a telecommunications
to be scally responsible, that we have A erce critic of Democrats during of statewide ofces, but he is term-lim- technician from Tulsa, has entered the
to cut out all unnecessary expenses, more than six years as chairman of the ited and cant run for that post again. race as a Libertarian.

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Stillwater NewsPress

OUR VIEW

The next amazing race


A lot of hats have been Inspector Gary Jones. Theres decriminalizing marijuana. have at his disposal.
rown into the ring for the a chance Oklahoma City Jones was the most recent Something he has going for
ext governor of Oklahoma. Mayor Nick Cornett will run. (official) visitor, who stopped him is perhaps the best quote
s kind of amazing that so Theres another chance that by the office to talk about a about state government to
any people would want this any number of people could program for streamlining and date when he said, We need
mpossibly thankless job, but still announce. digitizing estimates of costs someone whos willing to be a
hen theres nowhere to go but Edmondson, Johnson and for county and local agencies. one-term governor.
p the legacy might be that of a Jones have made not-too- Before that, he was the guest He was saying that too
deemer and rebuilder. long-ago trips to Stillwater for speaker at the Stillwater many of our politicians make
Democratic candidates who various reasons. Edmondson League of Voters annual ban- decisions based on the next
ave announced are House made several trips last fall as quet in February. campaign. Hes right, but on
inority leader Scott Inman, the public mouthpiece of the Jones has piqued our in- the surface, people think that
en. Connie Johnson, former No-on-777 campaign which terest because his platform is means simply doing what
torney general Drew Ed- turned out to be a success- one of financial reform. Hes your constituents want even
ondson and auto mechanic ful campaign against Right also a dark horse candidate if its bad for them. Take it a
orman Brown. to Farm. Johnson came to who might have to rely on a little further, and what it re-
Republican candidates are Oklahoma State University grassroots campaign move- ally means is you have to be
rmer Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb, to launch the Murray Hall ment. He wont have near the willing to do things that lob-
ulsa attorney Gary Richard- Civil Rights Speakers Series. funding from oil and gas that byists and campaign donors
n and State Auditor and She is a famous proponent of Lamb, the frontrunner, will might not like.

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