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April 10, 2014

Joe Dorman officially begins gubernatorial candidacy

RUSH SPRINGS — Rep. Joe Dorman, D-Rush Springs, officially began his gubernatorial campaign Wednesday at his former high school to cheers and a musical number from “Oklahoma.”

Dorman greeted students and staff of Rush Springs High School before filing to become a candidate for governor at 10:30 a.m. at the state capitol.

“Getting to sit in this gym… it brought back a lot of good memories,” he said. “I feel pride in our school and our state,” he said. “There are opportunities here (in Oklahoma).”

Dorman went on to tell students they can achieve what they aspire to.

“Don’t ever let anyone tell you can’t do something,” he said. “You can do anything you set your mind to.”

If elected, Dorman said he hopes to improve the state’s education system, create more economic opportunities for the state, increase access to health care and work in a bipartisan way, according to a press release.

He said he’s currently the only Democratic candidate for governor and expressed optimism about his chances of winning.

“Republicans that feel betrayed by Mary Fallin on some of the issues that she has championed are looking for someone who will work across party lines and take a bipartisan approach, and they know I will do that,” Dorman said.

Dorman’s mother, Jan Dorman, said she expected Dorman to continue to be active in politics and is excited about his campaign.

“I always knew he was going to stay in politics … since seventh grade, he knew what he wanted to do,” Jan said. “I think it’s wonderful that he’s running, hopefully he’ll be able to help a lot of people.”

Jane Porter, Dorman’s former teacher, said she’s not surprised that he’s running for governor.

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