Mark Costello’s wife wants to fill her late husband’s position as Labor Commissioner

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OKLAHOMA CITY – The late Mark Costello’s wife, Cathy Costello, has requested to Governor Mary Fallin that she or Jim Marshall be appointed as Labor Commissioner.

The governor’s office received two letters from Cathy Costello.

The first letter was sent on Aug. 31. It asked Fallin to appoint Jim Marshall as Labor Commissioner. Cathy noted that if Marshall was not appointed, she would like to fill the position.

“As Mark’s wife, I intimately knew his dreams for Oklahoma and was very aware of his projects, traveling the state with him, meeting the people and joining him in our financial support of you and other Republican leaders we believed in. It is deeply important to me and our children to see his legacy fulfilled at the Department of Labor.”

The second letter Cathy Costello sent to the Governor, which arrived Tuesday, asked for Cathy to solely receive responsibility for the position of Labor Commissioner.

She quoted the Widow’s Mandate, which states, “If any officer of the state, district, county, city, town or other governmental subdivision of this state shall die while in office, and shall leave a surviving spouse, the said surviving spouse shall be eligible (if otherwise qualified) to be appointed to and to hold said office during the term for which the said officer was elected…”

Costello went on to write, “Governor, I am ready, willing, qualified and energized to continue the work that Mark started at the Department of Labor.”

Mark Costello was killed by his son on Aug. 23.

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