TULSA - In 2010, former State Senator Randy Brogdon challenged Mary Fallin for the Republican gubernatorial nomination, and four years later, he says it's time to try again.
He announced his candidacy Christmas day with a tweet and a news release.
Brogdon, 60, a resident of Owasso, wrote on his website:
This week, I am filing the necessary paperwork to challenge Mary Fallin for the Republican nomination for Governor of Oklahoma. In the coming months, I will be making my case to Republican primary voters why I believe Constitutional Conservative leadership is needed in the Governor’s office.
Government is too big and too powerful and we all know it. It spends too much, borrows too much, taxes too much, regulates too much and snoops too much. We are in the fight of our lives for liberty, and I feel morally obligated to lead that fight on behalf of Oklahoma families.
My promise as governor is to protect Oklahoma families from the overreach of federal and state government and to restore your God given unalienable rights of life, liberty and property.
Brogdon served in the State Senate for eight years before his unsuccessful 2010 bid for governor.
He has been critical of the Fallin administration, especially its failure to reduce the state income tax rate.
The legislature did pass a bill to reduce the tax, but the Oklahoma Supreme Court struck it down as unconstitutional because it also included a plan to repair the state Capitol.
It's illegal under the Oklahoma Constitution to address more than one subject in a single bill.
Brogdon most recently worked at the Oklahoma Insurance Department.
He has formerly served as a city councilor and mayor in Owasso, and also previously owned HVAC companies.