Richardson announces run for Oklahoma governor, seeks Republican ticket
by Ben Felder, NewsOK.com

Gary Richardson announced his candidacy for Oklahoma governor on Monday, launching a campaign critical of recent efforts to raise state taxes and promising to cut back on wasteful spending.

Richardson, who ran for governor in 2002 as an independent, is seeking the Republican ticket this time around.

“Folks, we are in trouble in Oklahoma,” Richardson said. “We will do an audit of every state agency, we will find out how the money is being spent and we will find out where the money is going.”

Richardson, 76, a Tulsa attorney who largely funded his own campaign in 2002, is the first Republican candidate to announce. But that probably won’t last long as next year’s open seat is expected to draw a crowded primary.

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