POLITICS: Doak makes conservative values clear to voters


By Justin Martino

Oct. 15, 2010

(POL) While some people may say the office of insurance commissioner is a nonpartisan position, John Doak, who is the Republican candidate for that office, said he disagrees.

"I'm running as a Republican, a conservative Republican," he said. "I'm proud of those values. I think you have to look at a person's values and where they come from."

Doak said those principles are a major difference between him and Democrat Kim Holland, the incumbent insurance commissioner he will face in the general election on Nov. 2. He said he also expects those values to resonate with voters at the polls.

"This is going to be a Republican year," he said. "Oklahoma is the reddest state in the country."

Doak said he has been to more than 60 counties in Oklahoma to talk and listen to the voters, and the response has been good not only on his conservative values, but also the issues he plans to focus on if elected.

"Their top issues are my top issues," he said.

Those issues include national health care reform, which Doak opposes and said needs to be "repealed and replaced."

Another issue Doak said he plans on working on is uninsured motorists in the state. Oklahoma has one of the highest rates of uninsured motorists in the country with almost one in four drivers not having insurance.

"That's typically a job issue and an immigration issue," he said. "When people lose their employment, oftentimes auto insurance is the first thing to go."

Doak also said he plans on working with the Legislature on workers' compensation reform, which he said is necessary to help Oklahoma move forward with jobs and be more competitive with Texas and other surrounding states.

Doak said that his experience will be important if he is elected as insurance commissioner. He said he has more than 20 years worth of experience in insurance, starting with opening his own Farmer's Insurance Agency branch in Tulsa in 1988 after graduation from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in political science. After leaving Farmer's Insurance Agency, he worked at the executive level at the insurance industry for multiple companies.

"You don't check your insurance knowledge and what you believe at the door," he said, adding that he plans on advising the Legislature and giving recommendations on good legislation that will move Oklahoma forward.

Doak's statements on his conservative values include not only what he plans to do as insurance commissioner. He said he makes sure people know he is strongly pro-life and also talks on other issues such as his opposition to State Question 744, which would require the state's per pupil common education spending to equal or exceed the average of the six neighboring states.

"Just as a leader, they need to know where I stand on issues," he said.

With just a couple of weeks left until the election, Doak said he plans on continuing to visit voters in Oklahoma and continue the work he has been doing on the campaign trail.

"Things are going very well with our campaign," he said. "We're very excited. Folks are going to be able to make a clear choice at the polls on Nov. 2."