Murdock Doesn’t Waste Time, Declares for Marlatt’s Senate Seat

One day after the resignation of Senator Bryce Marlatt, Rep. Casey Murdock says he is a candidate for the open seat. Governor Fallin is expected to call a special election soon.

“Without a voice in the State Senate, our part of the state is weaker and more vulnerable to being overlooked by the politicians in Oklahoma City,” said Murdock. “We need a strong, experienced leader who can hit the ground running on day one to ensure Northwest Oklahoma is well-represented at the Capitol. Whether we are talking about protecting our natural resources, strengthening our schools, or encouraging economic growth, we need strong leadership in the State Senate.”

Murdock has deep roots in Northwest Oklahoma, where he has spent his life working in agriculture. His great-grandfather settled in the Panhandle more than a decade before statehood, with the Murdock family remaining in the area for five generations and counting.

“I can’t say enough about how important it is for us to be represented by someone who shares our values and understands our way of life,” said Murdock. “I know what it means to support Northwest Oklahoma by funding our schools, encouraging investment in our economy, and upholding the conservative values we have shared for generations.”

Murdock earned his bachelor’s degree in agricultural business from Panhandle State University in 1992. He then farmed in Cimarron County for ten years, simultaneously working at a cattle feed yard. Today, he farms and runs a cow/calf operation and raises his family in the Panhandle.

Murdock said one of his top priorities in the Senate will be supporting public education so Northwest Oklahoma schools can continue their excellent work of educating area students.

“Our schools are filled with talented professionals who are devoted to working hard on behalf of their students,” said Murdock. “Sometimes the folks at the Capitol don’t give them the support they deserve, and I hope to change that. As a former school board member, I am committed to adequate funding our schools, quality pay for our teachers, and the best education possible for our students.”

Murdock said another priority will be encouraging investment in Northwest Oklahoma.

“Agriculture and energy are the engines that drive our economy, and I want to encourage those industries to invest more in our part of the state,” Murdock said. “We have programs that give incentives for businesses in Oklahoma City and Tulsa, but we can’t forget about rural Oklahoma. I want to encourage businesses to grow and expand here so we have more jobs and the increased quality of life that comes with a booming economy.”

Murdock said it’s also important to promote and defend traditional values.

“A society must have a culture that respects life, defends liberty, and protects individual rights,” said Murdock. “Without those things, we would be no different from godless dictatorships. I have a record of protecting our Constitutional rights and upholding conservative values, and I will continue that in the State Senate.”


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  1. Vernon Woods, 14 September, 2017

    A couple of questions –
    1. In which party does Murdock intend to represent? The article doesn’t say.
    2. Since the Senate position requires a special election, if Murdock wins, will yet another special election be required?

  2. mikes1voice, 15 September, 2017

    I assume he’ll be running as a Republican. As far as a special election for Murdock’s House seat if he should win, that’ll be up to the governor because it will likely be 2018 before someone replaces Marlatt.

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