A chance to meet face to face people wanting to serve the people of Oklahoma.
That's how Terry Jones describes his "meet and greet" set to take place from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Friday, March 16, at the Grove Regional Airport.
The event brings together five Republican candidates for governor, lt. governor, insurance commissioner, labor commissioner and state treasurer.
Jones, who has worked as a legislative liaison for both Rep. Doug Cox (R-Grove) and now Rep. Josh West (R-Grove) said he invited several candidates with whom he was familiar with from past interactions.
Five were able to fit the visit to Grove into their schedules: Kevin Stitt - Governor, Matt Pinnell - Lt. Governor, Rep. Leslie Osborn - Labor Commissioner, Rep. Glen Mulready - Insurance Commissioner, and Rep. Randy McDaniel - State Treasurer.
Current Lt. Governor Todd Lamb was one of the candidates invited to attend but could not because of a previous engagement.
"I think it's important our public has an opportunity to visit with candidates," Jones said. "It's nice to be able to put a face with the name."
Jones said the event will give Grove area residents a chance to learn more about each candidate before the June primary elections.
He encouraged people to come out for the entire hour and half, in order to have a chance to speak with all five candidates.
He also anticipates each candidate will be given a chance to speak briefly to those gathered at the airport.
The Grove Regional Airport is located at 335 Airport Dr, Grove. The entrance to the new terminal building is located just north of the Grove High School on Ford Road.
Meet the candidates
Kevin Stitt - Governor
Kevin Stitt, a lifelong Oklahoman, was raised in Norman where he attended Norman High School. He received an accounting degree from Oklahoma State University in 1996.
After graduation he became a top producer in the mortgage loan industry.
He started Gateway Mortgage Group in 2000 “with only $1,000 and a computer.”
Today, Gateway employs more than 1,100 people, has 145 offices nationwide, and is licensed in 40 states, serving 100,000 customers.
Stitt said as he travels the country creating jobs, recruiting talent, and developing channels of opportunity, he sees first-hand the momentum other states generate and wants that for Oklahoma.
Stitt and his wife, Sarah, his wife of 19 years, are raising their six children in Tulsa.
For more information, persons interested may visit: www.stittforgovernor.com.
Matt Pinnell - Lt. Governor
Matt Pinnell is a proud Oklahoman who has devoted his professional career to advancing conservative causes and principles.
The youngest state Republican Party chairman in the country at the time of his election, Pinnell helped the party secure all five congressional seats and every statewide elected office simultaneously for the first time in Oklahoma history.
In 2013, he went to work for conservatives as National State Party Director at the Republican National Committee, helping elect a Republican majority to the U.S. Senate in 2014 and helping Donald Trump win the White House in 2016. Most recently, he lead the transition of the newly-appointed Republican National Committee Chairman.
Pinnell lives in Tulsa with his wife, Lisa, and their four children. He is a graduate of Oral Roberts University.
For more information, persons interested may visit: https://mattpinnell.com.
Rep. Leslie Osborn - Labor Commissioner
Leslie Osborn was a successful small business owner for more than 22 years.
While in the Oklahoma house, she authored workers comp reform, lowering costs by more than 30 percent for Oklahoma businesses.
Osborn serves as the representative for District 47 and was the house appropriation and budget chairman.
For more information, persons interested may visit www.facebook.com/ImWithLeslie.
Rep. Glen Mulready - Insurance Commissioner
Glen Mulready is a long-time insurance professional and private sector businessman who has worked with businesses of all sizes.
Mulready spent 13 of his 33 years of experience in the insurance industry working on the executive teams of Oklahoma’s two largest health insurance companies.
Serves in the Oklahoma House today as the majority floor leader. Mulready previously served as chair of the house insurance committee.
Mulready and his wife Sally are celebrating 29 years of marriage and are the parents of three sons: Sam, 17, Jake, 15, and Will, 14.
He is an active member of the Tulsa community, where he serves on numerous boards and committees.
For more information, persons interested may visit: www.glenmulready.com
Rep. Randy McDaniel - State Treasurer
Randy McDaniel is a fourth-generation Oklahoman.
He received a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Oklahoma and a master’s degree in land economy from Cambridge University, England.
McDaniel is a first vice president of investments at a major financial institution. He was a trust officer and investment officer at City Bank & Trust previously and also served in the Oklahoma Army National Guard as a field artillery officer and as an engineer officer.
He is currently the representative for District 83.
McDaniel is married to Julie Elizabeth McDaniel and has two children, Grace and John Thomas.
McDaniel does not have a Facebook page or website as of press time.