LAWTON, OK (KSWO) - A candidate hoping to become Oklahoma's next governor stopped in Lawton Friday afternoon.
Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett held a meet and greet at the Hilton Garden Inn.
The Oklahoma City native worked as a sportscaster in Oklahoma City for 18 years and has been the city's mayor since 2004.Cornett said he'd like to take their successes and spread them to the rest of the state.
"Nearly 100,000 jobs since I was elected mayor. Nearly 10,000 new businesses. I am constantly out on the road trying to promote my city and would do the same for Oklahoma with a positive energy. I think there are a lot of things we can do to improve the quality of life here and it all starts with health and education," Cornett said.
He said he would like to see Oklahoma add more jobs in the future and, more importantly, he'd like those jobs to be in more than just the oil and gas industry.
"I'd like to see us diversify our economy," Cornett said. "In Oklahoma City, we're down to only three percent of our workforce is in oil and gas because we've created jobs in aviation, biomedical, tourism and in technology. We need to continue to diversify the state's economy so when the price of oil goes down, the state's economy doesn't have to go down with it."
Cornett said he understands people have grown frustrated with our state's recent budgetary problems and, if elected, he'd like to help find a way to put those issues behind us.
"I've been part of the last 17 budgets in Oklahoma City and we haven't seen anywhere near the type of problems we see at the state capitol," Cornett said. "At the capitol, it's all politics all the time. There's a time for politics but there's also a time for governing and our state legislators haven't spent enough time at the governing side at their jobs. I want to pay attention to the most important things to Oklahomans and I think that's health, education and creating jobs and providing a better future for our young people."
The election is still more than a year away, but Cornett said it's important for him to travel around the state and meet the people he would represent if elected.
"I need to listen to people. To hear their struggles, their concerns but also their hopes," Cornett said. Take a city like Lawton. You have a great university in Cameron, you have a tremendous career tech system, you have outstanding high schools that are putting out quality young people. Lawton is positioned to do really well going forward we just have to continue to make sure government can provide the infrastructure and a low tax environment where businesses can be successful."