Lt. Gov. Jari Askins, who has crisscrossed the state many times to attend and speak at various events since taking office in 2003, won’t be slowing down her pace, especially now that she has an announced Democratic opponent for governor.
Askins, the first to announce she’s a candidate for governor in 2010, is scheduled to speak Friday to the Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce in Lawton.
Attorney General Drew Edmondson ended months of speculation when he announced Wednesday he is a Democratic candidate for governor.
Television and newspaper advertising and use of the new media, such as Web sites, and MySpace, Facebook and Twitter postings, will be used by both candidates. But each also have said it’s important to get out and meet the people and hear what they have to say.
Askins will continue her travels and Edmondson said he plans to also attend as many functions as he can across the state.
The Republican gubernatorial candidates, U.S. Rep. Mary Fallin of Oklahoma City and state Sen. Randy Brogdon of Owasso, also said they will be spending much of their time this summer and beyond traveling across the state.
Friday’s chamber meeting in Lawton is its legislative wrap-up session. Area legislators attended meetings earlier this year. The chamber luncheon is at the Best Western Hotel and Convention Center. It starts at 11:45 a.m. Cost is $15 a person. Tickets may be obtained by calling the camber at (580) 355-3541.
- Michael McNutt, Capitol Bureau