Chris Powell, active in the OKLP since 2000 including a term as chairman, is seeking the state's highest office.

OKLAHOMA CITY - The Oklahoma Libertarian Party’s most successful candidate to date, Chris Powell, is seeking the nomination for Governor.

Powell, of Bethany, received over 89,000 votes running for county office in 2016, besting Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson’s statewide total of 83,481. He will formally announce at the State Capitol on July 8.

Powell, active in the OKLP since 2000 including a term as chairman, contrasts his greater depth of political experience as compared to the other Libertarian candidates for the state’s highest office. In regard to those seeking the Republican and Democrat nominations, Powell said, “My life is far more representative of the vast majority of Oklahomans than that of the members of the political establishment in those other two parties. I understand the daily problems of regular people in ways those politicians never can.”

Powell said he intends to focus on empowering local school boards and teachers, elimination of special interest tax credits, state agency consolidation, criminal justice reform, and working to reduce divisions in the Legislature, all of which will he says will help address ongoing state budget problems.

“Each vote I get on Nov. 6, 2018 will be a clear message to every elected state official to put aside partisan differences and enact real solutions for our state,” said Powell.