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Election 2012

June 21, 2012

Corporation Commission candidates talk about their platforms

STILLWATER, Okla. — Incumbent Corporation Commissioner Bob Anthony will face fellow Republican Brooks Mitchell in Tuesday’s primary race for a seat on the Corporation Commission.

The purpose of the Corporation Commission is to regulate and supervise the exploration and production of oil and gas, the storage and dispensing of petroleum based fuels, and the operation of intrastate transportation, and to establish rates and services of public utilities.

The League of Women Voters collected Mitchell and Anthony’s responses to several questions about their campaigns. Below are their answers.

How does your education, professional and community experience prepare you to be a good Corporation Commissioner?

Anthony: My commitment to honesty, integrity, openness, and fairness is demonstrated by my record as a Corporation Commissioner. Business education, business experience, military service, degrees in finance, economics and administration are all highly beneficial to doing the work of a commissioner, especially when overseeing agency performance and hearing expert testimony in our commission courtrooms. Through extensive community involvement and as former president of C. R. Anthony stores when it was the largest privately-owned company headquartered in Oklahoma, I am familiar with the entire state of Oklahoma. I will continue to fearlessly perform my constitutional duties as commissioner in the same manner that allowed me to receive both the FBI’s highest civilian award for fighting public corruption and a national award for “tireless efforts on behalf of Oklahoma consumers.”

Mitchell: It is vital that a Corporation Commissioner be able to work with the Legislature, other agencies, the citizens of Oklahoma and the other two Commissioners. My record proves I can do that. One example is that before I came to the Commission the agency had a difficult time getting needed changes made to their statutes. During the eight years that I worked with the Legislature not one State Senator voted against a Commission sponsored bill and all but two bills received at least 95 of the possible 101 votes in the House. I negotiated a new maintenance agreement for our fleet vehicles, which saved our agency $300K annually. I worked with consumers and utility companies so that issues were resolved to the satisfaction of both parties without having to go to a hearing. I started an outreach program so out of state royalty owners could become educated on their rights.

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