MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

December 17, 2013

Rush Springs Democrat eyes governor’s race against Fallin


— OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A Democratic state representative from Rush Springs filed campaign paperwork Tuesday that allows him to start raising money for a race against Republican Gov. Mary Fallin in 2014.

Rep. Joe Dorman, who can’t run for re-election in 2014 because of term limits, filed a statement of organization with the Oklahoma Ethics Commission saying he was forming an “exploratory committee” to consider a matchup against Fallin.

The 43-year-old from southwest Oklahoma said he was motivated after he helped launch a statewide campaign for a $500 million bond issue to pay for storm shelters in schools and that he would make education funding a top issue if he runs.

“We’ve been working for the last 90 days on the storm shelter issue and visiting with teachers, especially, about the conditions we’re seeing in schools,” Dorman said. “I don’t think she (Fallin) is as popular as she thinks.”