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Bob Anthony believes public officials should serve with honesty and integrity, Elizabeth said. The most important job of a corporation commissioner is to protect the rate payers when the attorneys and lobbyists are at the commission arguing their opinions, she said.

“Because he had that experience he sent out emails to every utility regulator in the United States of America,” Elizabeth said. “And all of the sudden utility regulators and attorneys general all over the country started taking action to protect rate payers.”

Bingman said he will bring an understanding of local and state issues to the Corporation Commission. His candidacy brings experience working in the oil and gas business, he added. The commission is an important piece of economic development in Oklahoma, he said.

Companies have told Bingman that decisions are drawn-out at the commission, he said. Delays cost companies money and cost consumers money, Bingman said. So Bingman wants to ensure the work of the commission is efficient as possible, he said.

Marla Latham spoke for candidate Cindy Byrd in the State Auditor’s race. Byrd is the current Deputy State Auditor and works specifically on county and municipal audits for all 77 counties. Byrd has consistently exposed waste, fraud and abuse, Latham said.

“Cindy has also led the audit team to expose fraud and waste at the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office where over $3 million was exposed, and also led the team at the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office where we exposed over $750,000 of waste and mismanagement,” Latham said.

Cathy is the widow of the late Labor Commissioner Mark Costello. Mark died in Cathy’s arms in August 2015 at an Oklahoma City Braum’s Ice Cream and Dairy Store as the victim of a brutal knife attack by their son, Christian, according to Oklahoma City Police.

The impact of mental health on the workforce has prompted Cathy to run for State Labor Commissioner. Ten weeks after her husband died, Cathy testified before a state hearing on mental health. Cathy helped inspire the passing of the Mark Costello Act, which provides assisted outpatient treatment to Oklahomans in an an ongoing mental health crisis.

If elected labor commissioner, Cathy would create the Costello Commission on Mental Health in the Workplace. She wants to bring together mental health and human resource professionals to brainstorm about how to improve mental health in the workplace.

Mental health is a labor issue, Cathy Costello said. The number one reason for low productivity in the work place is due to mental health issues. It’s the second leading reason for absenteeism in the workplace, she added. Mental health accounts for 30 percent of disability costs. Employers collectively spend an additional $600 million a year on mental health medical, she said.

If elected labor commissioner, Cathy would create the Costello Commission on Mental Health in the Workplace. She wants to bring together mental health and human resource professionals to brainstorm about how to improve mental health in the workplace.

Kevin Calvey wants to bring the same fiscal conservatism to the county level by fixing the Oklahoma County Jail, Toni continued. Her husband is running for the office because the jail has reached a crisis point of being a human rights issue, Toni said. The jail is not safe for jail employees or the inmates.

Deputy Oklahoma County Commissioner Rick Buchanan is vying to lead the commissioner’s office to continue making improvements at the Oklahoma County Jail. Buchanan said reforms since August at the Oklahoma County Jail have lowered its population from 2,700 inmates to about 1,700, he said.

There is a reform movement formed between the county, the City of Edmond, Midwest City, Oklahoma City, the Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce and the New York based Vera Group’s input. He pointed out the next steps will be separating inmates needing mental health treatment from the general population.

The ultimate solution will be an addiction and mental health center, Buchanan said. Once the county separates inmates with addiction issues and mental health issues, the approximately 300 hardened criminals people want off the streets will remain, Buchanan said. So the jail population will decline more, he said.

Deputy Oklahoma County Assessor Larry Stein lists reducing the cost of government as an accomplishment he’s achieved while working with retiring Oklahoma County Assessor Leonard Sullivan. The county assessor sets property values for 21 percent of the entire state, Stein noted. He said there is a need to examine the efficiency of all county assessors across the state.

“The No. 1 priority of the assessor’s office is to get it right,” Banz said of placing a value on property. “… If you don’t get that right then there’s a whole bunch of other things that come up short. Public schools is the first of those because the lion’s share of ad valorem tax goes to support your public schools.”

He said improvements made at the assessor’s office in recent years is to be commended. Banz said he has spent most of his adult life in public and private service. Many people have asked him to return to public service, said the retired educator.

The filing date for federal, state and county candidates is April 11-13. The state primary election will be June 26 with a runoff, if needed, scheduled for Aug. 28, said Doug Sanderson, election board secretary. Registered voters will select determine the winners at the general election Nov. 6.