Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt’s campaign touts funding achievements, announces Donelle Harder’s return to management

CapitolBeatOK Staff Report 
Oklahoma City – Having raised $773,432.26 in the second quarter of this year, Governor Kevin Stitt is well-positioned for a strong reelection drive. 
His campaign had $1.2 million in cash on hand at mid-year, giving him a powerful edge over all present and potential opponents in both parties.  

According to a press release from his campaign staff, “During Governor Kevin Stitt’s time in office, he has fulfilled a number of campaign promises.” In addition to sharing the campaign’s cash data (https://www.city-sentinel.com/2021/08/news-commentary-bringing-in-the-sheaves-for-2022-the-governor-the-junior-senator-hizzoner-and-the-guy-from-tulsa/ ), the late July release touted positive advances based directly on his 2018 campaign promises. 

These include steps that have:

    •  Reformed the structure of State government to hold more agency directors accountable to the will of the people.

    •  Raised teacher pay and invested in education at historic levels while enacting reforms to the funding formula to focus tax dollars on the students.

    •  Posted Oklahoma’s checkbook online, raising Oklahoma’s ranking of online budget transparency from #46 to #7 in one year.

    •  Enacted criminal justice reform, calling for and signing into law the nation’s largest communication of individuals in prison for non-violent offenses and quickly driving down Oklahoma’s incarceration ranking from #50 to #46.

    •  Signed every pro-life bill sent to his desk, to include legislation that immediately outlaws abortion should Roe v. Wade by overturned and bans abortion at the detection of a fetal heartbeat.

The press release sent to CapitolBeatOK.com and other news organizations announced the return of Donelle Harder in April,  “as campaign manager for the re-election.”
Concerning Harder’s place in the effort, Governor Stitt said, “Donelle is a trusted strategic advisor who has been with us from the very beginning.” 

For herself, Harder said in a statement, “Gov. Stitt has brought a business approach and outsider perspective to State government that has proven to be a resounding success in leading a turnaround for Oklahoma. It’s no wonder recent polling has identified Kevin Stitt as the most popular elected official in the State.” 
She concluded: “We look forward to a strong re-elect effort as we build statewide momentum for another 4 years of conservative leadership focused on government accountability and economic growth.”

Note: Pat McGuigan contributed to this report.