Murphy said facilitating relationships is a key component to success at a state level. In her role as an OCC Commissioner, Murphy has had a front-row seat on the impact of important decisions and legislation made in Oklahoma.
MIAMI – Republican candidate for Oklahoma's Lt. Governor, Dana Murphy, has given Miami much attention before and now during her campaign for the office.
Murphy is currently serving her second term on the Oklahoma Corporation Commission.
The candidate has made two visits to Miami since proclaiming her bid for Lt. Governor spending time listening intently and learning about the community. Murphy has made stops at the Quapaw Tribe Fire/EMS Stations, InterTribal Council, Miami Area Chamber of Commerce and other appearances to listen and learn.
Her passion and commitment to receive input and ascertain more knowledge is a valuable asset as a politician Murphy has shown as an OCC Commissioner.
“My position on Lt. Governor is, it's a position that can be greater utilized, “Murphy said. “I think the world is different now, and I think this position kind of needs to adjust. As a statewide elected official myself, never had anybody facilitate with all the statewide elected officials, just to coordinate them as part of the team. You're elected separately but the Governor's the one who should cast the longterm vision for the state, then you should really have good team members who could add or contribute to that, but first you've got to facilitate the relationship with them.”
Murphy said facilitating relationships is a key component to success at a state level. In her role as Commissioner, Murphy has had a front-row seat on the impact of important decisions and legislation made in Oklahoma.
A decision she was instrumental in was the Empire Electric rate decision vote to lower the requested rates Empire requested to implement on customer s to compliance recoup costs.
“I think you can kind of look at what I've done as Corporation Commissioner. I made some promises when I started that I would take the Commission out to the communities, which I've done. I've probably spoken at close to 2,000 civic and other clubs and town hall meetings on earthquakes, issues of when we ran out of telephone numbers on whether we were going to have the overlay or the split, so I think it's not so much what a person says they're going to do, it's really you look at what they've already done. I have a track record that you can look at and actually see.”
Murphy said she is known as being very responsive and receptive plans to continue reaching out, getting perspective across the state and facilitating in the role of Lt. Governor.
“There are so many people who talk about a lack of coordination, it doesn't mean we're all going to agree, but at least you can get together to discuss issues, see where you have some commonalities on things you can work on, “ Murphy said. “I think fundamentally the economy is improving but government isn't improving. I think we've just layered on bureaucracy.”
She blames legislation, and not always the state agencies for this issue.
“The legislation lays on more responsibility usually without any additional money and usually with no additional staff,” Murphy said. “ Somewhere we need to get back fundamentally and look at what's the right size of government, what core services do we want? I think you've got to look at exemptions and incentives. You need a better way for how you define them, how you measure them, and how you evaluate them to see that they're successful.”
Murphy proposes looking at consolidation, and revenues to determine further opportunity.
“I think you need to be able to trust the people in government because right now I don't think it's very high, but I think you can start on it bit by bit,” Murphy said.
Murphy said the Lt. Governor's duties include constitutional responsibilities serving in place of the governor in absence of the governor, presiding and serving as President of the Oklahoma Senate with a casting vote, serves on the Board of Commissioner of the Land Office, and Board of Equalization that certifies the budget.
Other responsibilities of the office include statutory responsibilities of serving on the Archives and Record Boards, which includes the Oklahoma Tourism Board.
“I kind of look at this position, it's more the person creates the office. It's kind of your vision and your perspective in dealing with these responsibilities,” Murphy said.
Murphy said with new statutory changes approaching implementation, the office of Lt. Governor must be aware of the change and role.
“To me, it seems like it would be very important to facilitate a good relationship with the Governor because the Governor is going to be selecting the Executive Director of the Tourism Board. So I think there's going to be a real different dynamic in how tourism can actually work, and I think it's important to learn and understand more about what we've been doing and what that means and a going forward basis.”
Murphy said with potentially many news faces in office after these elections she feels it's important to have a blend of people with various experience levels.
Murphy says she will work towards better education and workforce training opportunities.
“This ties into recruiting businesses here and expanding existing businesses here,” she said. “ We need more of a long-term vision here. I don't have all the ideas, but I can help facilitate things, and that's really what I'm known as, I'm really known as a facilitator to work on large problems with people who don't agree, and try to fashion solutions. I think that's what I bring to the table.”
She said doing more with less is something she's had a lot of experience with.
“I'm a farm and ranch girl from northwest Oklahoma, but I've lived in Edmund for 25 years, so I'm somebody who has kind of transitioned between urban and rural all my life. I'm a lawyer and a geologist, and I've had my own independent businesses as well as have worked for others, and I've been a Commissioner for 10 years, so I have a background of a lot of private sector experience,” Murphy said. “I'm a fifth-generation Oklahoman, and I'm really wanting great opportunities in our state.”
Murphy faces former Oklahoma Republican Party Chair Matt Pinnell in a runoff election for Republican party candidate for Oklahoma's Lt. Governor on Aug. 28.
The winner of the runoff will face Democrat state senator, Anastasia Pittman and Independent candidate Ivan Holmes in the General Election on Nov. 6.
Melinda Stotts is the associate editor of the Miami News-Record. She can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org or followed on Twitter @MelindaStotts1.