Former Reagan-appointed U.S. Attorney and small business owner Gary Richardson has announced the formation of his exploratory committee for governor of Oklahoma.
“The current budget crisis in Oklahoma proves to me that Oklahoma isn’t a poor state but a state run poorly,” said Richardson. “It’s important that the people of Oklahoma have a governor who will make the right decisions to get our state out of this budget crisis without raising taxes.”
Richardson previously ran for governor in 2002. Democrat Brad Henry won that race and former U.S. Rep. Steve Largent was the Republican nominee for governor in 2002.
Richardson shared the next steps of his exploratory committee.
“In the following months, I will travel across the state to visit with Oklahomans and listen to their concerns about taxes, education, and the economy of our state,” said Richardson. “Oklahomans know what is best for our state. It’s time their leaders heed their concerns.”
Richardson has asked the following Oklahomans to serve on his exploratory committee: Todd Dean, Oklahoma City; Dr. James Higgins, Tulsa; Steve Money, Broken Arrow; Bob Nail, Tulsa; Jeff Reasor, Tahlequah; and Jim Weaver, Tulsa.
Together with the input from Oklahoma voters and his committee, Richardson will explore the viability of a run for the GOP nomination for Governor in 2018.
Gary Richardson is a founding member of the law firm, Richardson, Richardson, and Boudreaux. Gary and his wife, Lanna, reside in Tulsa. Together, they have five children and eleven grandchildren. They are active members of South Tulsa Baptist Church.
To learn more, visit GaryRichardson.org.