Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Cabinet Secretary Joins Governor's Race

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Cabinet Secretary Joins Governor's Race

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Jerry Regier, the Oklahoma secretary for Health and Human Services, said Tuesday he has formed a committee to explore a race for the Republican nomination for governor.

Regier, 56, has filed papers with the Oklahoma Ethics Commission that will allow him to begin fund-raising activities.

U.S. Rep. Steve Largent of Tulsa, a former NFL wide receiver, filed similar papers several months ago and plans to resign in November to actively campaign for the GOP nomination.

Regier was appointed by Gov. Frank Keating to serve as health commissioner after a scandal rocked the Oklahoma Department of Health. The scandal led to several indictments of so-called "ghost" employees and a federal bribery conviction of Brent VanMeter, deputy health commissioner, and the indictment of Jerry Nida, former health commissioner. The "ghost" employees were accused of being paid for work they did not perform.

In the weeks ahead, Regier said, "I want to take some polls and do some fund-raising and see where I'm at. …

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