Lt. Governor Candidate Dana Murphy Shares Her Vision of Oklahoma and Its Rural CommunitiesFri, 13 Apr 2018 15:36:18 CDT
Oklahoma Lieutenant Governor candidate and member of the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, Dana Murphy, visited the Radio Oklahoma Ag Network studios this week to sit down with Farm Director Ron Hays. During their visit, Murphy talked about her diverse background rooted in agriculture which she believes makes her a strong candidate for the upcoming race. Listen to their complete conversation with Hays as she describes how she will work to serve the interests of Oklahoma, including those of its rural communities.
“I’m really proud to be a northwest Oklahoma girl,” she began. “I’m from a farm and ranching family. We actually raise Red Angus cattle in Ellis County.”
By trade, Murphy is a geologist and an attorney. During her career she has maintained her own law practice, her own geological consulting business and has worked in the private sector for other companies. For the last ten years, she has held a seat on the Oklahoma Corporation Commission.
“When you look at what the Corporation Commission does - if it moves by truck or train or transmission line or fiber line someway… we have an impact on it. We are the most economically powerful agency in the state,” she explained. “So, when you’re talking about electricity prices, oil and gas development, or dealing with earthquakes - I feel like I’ve been involved in some of the most difficult issues that include the most high dollar amounts - millions and billions of dollars, in this particular job.”
Reviewing some of the highlights of her time at the commission, Murphy points to her track record of success as a professional that has seamlessly transitioned back and forth between working with both rural and urban communities to find solutions that benefit a wide array of interests and appeal to great many different people.
“I think the thing I’m known for most is being able to work on issues that affect all the state and then facilitate with people who think differently,” she remarked, addressing some of the issues Oklahomans face today such as the budget deficit and the challenges of rural Oklahoma. “If you live in rural Oklahoma, it’s because you want to and so we have to make sure there’s opportunities for young people that come out of that particular area.”
She shared her concerns about the direction in which the state is going and how politically, she believes changes need to be made. Murphy points to a phrase on her website that describes the role she hopes to take on in office which states, “…go beyond the tradition functions of the Lt. Governor.”
“Fundamentally, I’ve been saying if we want something different, we have to do something different,” she said. “I’m running for Lt. Governor because I have something different to offer.”
Listen to Murphy’s stance on a variety of timely issues facing Oklahomans right now and what concerns and solutions she has regarding the state’s future in her full-length interview with Hays - click or tap the LISTEN BAR below.
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