The first day of filing for political office ended at the State Capitol Wednesday and saw more people than any opening day in at least 16 years.
419 people filed for federal, state and local positions.
At exactly 8:00, State Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax makes the announcement.
“May I have your attention please. The 2014 candidate filing period is now open.”
The first man to file, Max Wolfley, came to the Capitol Tuesday afternoon at 4:30 to be first in line to run for the Republican ticket for House District 95.
An hour later, Governor Mary Fallin is filling out the paperwork to run for a second four year term.
Fallin says Oklahoma has seen strong economic growth since she took office in 2011.
“My job as Governor is going to be to continue our forward momentum and creating a stronger vibrant economy, great education systems and make sure we’re careful with tax payer dollars.”
Her Democratic opponent, Rush Springs Representative Joe Dorman says not all Oklahomans have been helped by Fallin’s policies.
“Treating our teachers with dignity and respect and that also applies for state employees, our corrections workers, our troopers, everyone across the boards. We have to start running business in a better way at the Capitol.”
Fallin and Dorman also pulled an Independent challenger in perennial candidate Richard Prawdzienski.