From the Edmondson Campaign:
With a nod to Oklahoma’s past and a plan for Oklahoma’s future, Drew Edmondson today announced he is running for Governor.
“As Attorney General, I’ve fought to protect Oklahomans from crime, I’ve stood up against special interests, and I’ve taken on corrupt politicians,” Edmondson said. “As Governor, I’m going to fight just as hard to create good paying jobs and make sure all Oklahomans have access to quality, affordable health care.”
Edmondson said he would focus his time as governor on creating new, high-paying jobs in the energy industry.
“We’re an energy state,” Edmondson said. “Though we’ve diversified our economy in recent years, oil and natural gas still are an important part of our economy. As Governor I’m going to do all I can to make sure those industries continue to grow and prosper.
“We are also uniquely positioned to be a national leader in renewable energy like wind, solar and biofuels. These industries have the capacity to create jobs for future generations of Oklahomans and to grow our economy for the current one.”
Edmondson said he would also continue his work to curb methamphetamine production and to hold DUI offenders accountable under Oklahoma law.
“Stopping the production and distribution of methamphetamine will help keep our neighborhoods safe,” Edmondson said. “Cracking down on DUI offenders will make our streets safer. Prosecuting Internet predators will make our homes safer. These are things we must do to ensure that Oklahoma remains a great place to live and raise a family.”
Edmondson also promised to work to make higher education more affordable.
“The business community wants an educated workforce. In this day and age, higher education is not a luxury; it is an economic necessity.”
Elected Attorney General in 1994, Edmondson was joined at the announcement by his wife, Linda, and his son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Andrea Edmondson. Drew and Linda are also the proud grandparents of twins, Andrew Edmondson Ross and Catherine Kay Ross, who were born to the couple’s daughter and son-in-law, Mary and Mike Ross of Arlington, VA.
“I would not be here without the love and support of my family and, in particular, my wife, Linda,” Edmondson said. “She has been a constant source of support and strength, of ideas and inspiration. I am truly blessed to have shared the last 42 years with her. I am pleased also that she joins me on this new journey.”
Edmondson is a Navy veteran, having served one tour of duty in Vietnam. He previously served as a member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives and as Muskogee County District Attorney. He is a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Muskogee.
“I grew up in a family with a tradition of service to Oklahoma and our country,” Edmondson said. “My father and mother both served in the Navy during the Second World War, and my dad went on to serve in Congress. Both of my parents instilled in me a sense of duty and responsibility to the state and country that have been so good to us.”
Edmondson made the announcement at the Oklahoma State Capitol this morning. He will also make formal announcements today at the Tulsa Press Club and the Muskogee County Courthouse.
“As we enter our second century, our next governor must keep Oklahoma moving forward,” Edmondson said. “I am proud of the progress we have made, and I look forward to working with Oklahomans from all walks of life to ensure our continued success as a state.”
Additional information is available on the campaign’s website at www.edmondson2010.com.