OKLAHOMA CITY -- Longtime Democratic State Representative, Joe Dorman, took the first step to run for governor.
On Tuesday, Dorman officially announced his candidacy to become the 28th Governor of the State of Oklahoma.
Late last year, Dorman announced the formation of an exploratory committee as he filed the necessary paperwork at the Oklahoma Ethics Commission.
According to his campaign team, Dorman said, "I have decided to take this initial step of forming an exploratory committee to raise the resources and build the campaign organization needed to pursue the highest office in our state.”
Dorman, who faces a term-limit on his house seat next year, may seek election in the 2014 gubernatorial race against Republican Mary Fallin.
Rep. Dorman, 43, said he will hold a series of listening sessions and "telephone town halls” across the state.
Launching an exploratory committee is a legal step which allows Dorman to solicit donations while evaluating his decision.
Dorman is a democrat and an OSU graduate from Rush Springs. He recently took center stage on the issue of building safer schools.
Dorman teamed up with the organization Take Shelter Oklahoma to start a petition initiative to get a state question on the ballot for voters to consider approval of a $500 million state-wide bond issue to be used to build a saferoom at every Oklahoma school.
Dorman has held the following leadership positions while in the Oklahoma House of Representatives: Oklahoma Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus Vice Chair, Assistant Majority Floor Leader, Democratic Caucus Vice Chair and Former House Staff Special Projects Coordinator.