Howard Houchen is running for Oklahoma state senate (District 5) in 2012 to beat out democrat Jerry Ellis (incumbent). Since both of these candidates are in different political parties, they will be on ballot in general election in November.
When asked Houchen about his position on open meetings (open government rule) at the state capital, he said that he supported HR1004 petition and that his opponent Jerry Ellis did not. There were talks amongst Oklahoma State legislatures about allowing all representatives discuss bills so that it was not left up to the chairman to arbitrarily kill it without discussion. Then suddenly they decided against it. Here’s the website that explains the HR1004 petition.
Also Houchen informed me that if Jerry Ellis were to win, that he could not fulfill his full term of office. Since this was the case with Ellis, Houchen added that he wanted to give the people a voice throughout the entire legislative process.
Oklahoma State senate district #5 covers the following 5 counties: Atoka (eastern portion) , Choctaw (entirety), Leflore (southern portion), McCurtain (entirety) and Pushmataha (entirety).
The general election is November 6, 2012.
This interview was done at Oklahoma GOP state convention on May 12, 2012 at Embassy Suites in Norman, Oklahoma.