Kirsten Mustain

Grove Sun

Drew Edmondson (D) recently visited Grove on his tour of the state aimed at announcing his candidacy for governor.

Edmondson, who was elected Attorney General in 1994 and re-elected in 1998, 2002 and 2006, said he feels his list of actual accomplishments speak for his dedication to his constituents.

“I think my record speaks for itself,” he said.

He served as the 2002 – 2003 President of the National Association of Attorneys General.

In 1996, he filed suit against the tobacco industry resulting in a $2 billion settlement between the industry and Oklahoma.

He was one of eight attorneys general asked to serve on the negotiating team for the states.

In 2005, on behalf to the State of Oklahoma, he filed suit against more than a dozen poultry companies. The lawsuit, which was filed after years of negotiations, accuses the companies of creating runoff into the Illinois River Watershed as a result of their waste dumping practices.

He said his interest in protecting Oklahoma’s water includes Grand Lake.

“I want to preserve not only the scenic beauty, but the tourism and recreation dollars. It is of commercial interest to make sure our waters are clean and pure as possible,” Edmondson said.

In addition, he said he wants to place emphasis on rural economic development and health.

“Our economic development efforts are going to be statewide, not just centered on metropolitan areas,” he said. “And we want to establish incentives for doctors and nurses and practitioners to locate in the less urban parts of the state, like Grove.”

Edmondson has a detailed economic plan, which he feels, combined with his accomplishments, gives him a gubernatorial edge.

He established the tobacco trust, the education technology trust, helped create the “Don’t Call Program,” and improved victim services.

“All of these are actual accomplishments,” he said. “I hope they are evidence of the fact that when I say I’m going to get the economy moving and create jobs, I have a track record of doing what I say I’m going to do.”

More information may be found on Edmondson’s web site at edmondson2010.com.