Oklahoma has its first Independent candidate for Governor for the 2014 election. Yesterday, Richard Prawdzienski announced his intent to run for governor.
Richard is a former chair of the Oklahoma Libertarian Party and has been active member of the effort to reform Oklahoma’s ballot access laws.
He has been a candidate for office before, in 2010 as an Independent candidate for Lt. Governor and in 2012 as an Independent for the State Senate seat for Edmond.
Along with his campaign for Governor, Richard is looking for others to run along side him this year.
Richard Prawdzienski, a former OKLP Chair, recently announced he will file for Governor and is building a Liberty Caucus of Republicans, Democrats and Independents to file for their Senate or House District.
Oklahoma has not had an Independent candidate for Governor since 2002. In that race, Gary Richardson ran as an Independent and earned 14.1% of the vote. We welcome a full slate of candidates in the governor election this year.
We are confident that Richard will make ballot access reform a priority in his campaign as well as his term in office if he wins the election.
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I’m glad to learn this. He will be the first minor party candidate on the ballot for Governor of Oklahoma since the Reform Party ran Hoppy Heidelberg in 1998. And Richard is the first Libertarian Party candidate for Governor of Oklahoma in the history of the Libertarian Party. Oklahoma’s crazy ballot access laws allow any independent to get on the ballot with no petition at all (unless they are running for president). But for Richard to get the party label, he would need 66,744 signatures.