Corporation Commission candidate Dana Murphy, R-Edmond, made a campaign stop in Guthrie Tuesday. She spent the majority
of the day with city officials before speaking at the
Guthrie Kiwanis meeting Tuesday evening.
"I've been everywhere. I've put right at 13,000 miles
on this little truck that I'm driving since the end of February. I live in Edmond.
I feel like Guthrie is my next
door neighbor so to speak," Murphy said. "It's about going to all the communities. I try to go everywhere and
meet either city managers or mayors or chambers of commerce
or some of the business leaders so they can become familiar
with me and I learn more about their community."
Murphy said one of the challenges of this campaign has been
to talk to people about the responsibilities of a
Corporation Commissioner while introducing herself and her
"When you think about it, the majority of Oklahomans
don't even know what the Corporation Commission does, but
it affects their lives every day," she said.
If elected, Murphy said she would like to see changes in the
Corporation Commission that would make the office more open
to the public.
of the things I think that need to be done are
things need to be more streamlined in the Corporation
Commission. We need to go more towards becoming a paperless agency
where you can file more of your permits and
applications via the internet. I think we need to have more
accessibility to information by the public. It can be very
difficult right now to find information on the website. I think we need
to make better use of personnel and become
more efficient in the way of tax dollars. One of the things I'd really
like to see us do as well is help promote and
encourage energy development as well as creating a greater public
awareness of what the commission does and help promote energy
conservation. Those are some of the things I
see that a commissioner can do," she said.
She also spoke about energy and conservation.
"I speak a lot about energy because that's what's on the forefront of everyone's mind. It's giving people an
idea of what's going on in Oklahoma
as far as drilling and
development, what's happening in the wind power area, talking about what the corporation commission actually does,
why it's important to make sure that we elect people that have background and knowledge of the Corporation Commission
and kind of rallying the troops for Oklahoma,"
native worked as a geologist for 10 years and
as an administrative law judge at the Corporation Commission for more than five years before returning to private
practice in title, regulatory practice and oil and gas litigation.
"The administrative law judge basically hears the testimony and evidence of a lot of the cases that come
before the commission. They make a recommendation to the corporation commissioners. They may go along with the
recommendation or they may reverse it or modify it in some way," she said.
Murphy is seeking the two year term of Denise Bode, who has resigned, as is Rob Johnson, R-Oklahoma
City, and Jim Roth,