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Dorman Hosts Telephone Town Hall Meeting in Lawton

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LAWTON Okla_ An area politician begins his exploratory campaign Thursday in Lawton with his first telephone town hall meeting.

State Representative Joe Dorman of Rush Springs announced this week that he will explore the idea of running for governor. Thursday, he begins to hear from people to learn the true needs and frustrations of its citizens. For representative Dorman, it is all about the people and getting back to common sense politics. He plans to use the coming weeks as an opportunity to hear firsthand the needs of the state and to ensure he can provide a campaign that resonates with the voters.

"Whatever we draw up for this campaign, the ideas that we pursue, are going to be based on the ideals of Oklahomans," Dorman said.

Dorman said he is looking to run for governor with the hope of getting past blurred political lines and to ensure a better future for the state.

"Right now, we have a republican legislature, so the divided government would bring some balance to the office and certainly provide some common sense where we can negotiate the ideas and implement policies that will be balanced and better for Oklahoma," Dorman said.

Learning from his experience working with the Take Shelter Oklahoma initiative for the past 90 days, Dorman believes education is a top priority for state.

"We have to work with school teachers to provide them a better opportunity to do their job and actually educate students," Dorman said.

Dorman wants to focus on the unheard voices, drawing up a campaign plan and platform based on the ideas of real Oklahomans.

"We want to listen to the ideas of those who may have never been listened to by politicians, the mom and pop businesses, the people living paycheck to paycheck," Dorman said. "Those are the people that need representation in Oklahoma right now."

Dorman plans to take the values he learned growing up in Southwest Oklahoma, vowing to never change.

"I am still going to be the same ol' Joe," Dorman said. "I am going to be the person I have always been. I am going to try to represent all Oklahomans and provide the leadership they are wanting at the capitol."

Dorman plans to use feedback and public opinion learned through telephone town hall meetings across the state to determine if he will file to run for governor. Dorman plans to make his decision at the beginning of the upcoming legislative session, scheduled to begin in February.



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