So few are the bright faces on Oklahoma’s political horizon, but one shining star as a leader for today and the future is Pete Regan, who faces a run-off for the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor.

With a fine intellect, quality schooling and a burning passion for good government, Pete Regan holds the potential for long public service. The office of lieutenant governor, a suitable training ground for knowledgeable leadership, suits Regan’s already impressive preparation for leadership.

As an aide to former Govs. David Boren and George Nigh, Regan worked intricately with State Senate leadership including Claremore’s own Senator Stratton Taylor while he was president pro tem of the Senate.

Hard working, a bootstrap gentleman who has made his way into government leadership, Regan also was an effective chief assistant to U. S. Congressman Dan Boren during a critical learning period in Washington.

Regan was born, reared and lives in northeastern Oklahoma. But his perspective and experience has been in the highest places including personal studies abroad. In a shrinking world, Oklahoma must have leaders who understand the world market and international scene. Pete Regan fits that challenge.

In the primary run-off, Regan faces a well financed and wealthy challenger in Jeri Askins, the present minority leader in the Oklahoma House of Representatives. She is charming, squeaky clean and highly intelligent. Her qualifications as a former judge, state official and lawmaker are indisputably good.

But Pete Regan, on the other hand, owns charisma, ability and a passion for greatness that Oklahoma votes must recognize because of his incredible “come from behind” race during last month’s primary that placed him into the run-off with Askins.

With Donna and George Nigh as campaign chairs and former football Coach Barry Switzer endorsing Regan, the glow of greatness becomes a testimony from some of the most astute judges of character and leadership within Oklahoma.

Pete Regan should become Oklahoma’s lieutenant governor. Only the voters can decide.

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