by World's Editorials Writers
The Tulsa World - June 20, 2012
Experience is important and it is particularly vital in the job of corporation commissioner. This November, Republican incumbent Bob Anthony stands for re-election. His is the only statewide office on the ballot this year, and the post will be decided in the primary as no Democrat filed for the job.
Anthony was first elected to the Corporation Commission in 1988 and is seeking his fifth six-year term. He deserves to be re-elected.
Anthony has proven to be a popular commissioner, becoming, in 1988, the first Republican to serve on the commission in 60 years. He received more votes than any Republican since statehood. He also became the first Republican incumbent in state history to win re-election.
The job of corporation commissioner can be tedious and highly technical. Although not particularly glamorous, it is a very important position and its decisions have a direct impact on every Oklahoman.
Anthony has the experience and the background to tackle complicated public utility, oil and gas and telecommunications cases. He holds degrees from the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania, the London School of Economics, Yale University and Harvard University.
More important, he holds the welfare of the public in high regard and considers it his duty to understand the issues and make sure the public is well served. One only has to talk with him a short time to realize his grasp of the issues and to know that this guy does his homework.
Anthony is running against fellow Republican Brooks Mitchell, who served as the commission's director of administration and director of the Petroleum Storage Tank Division.
Unfortunately, because there is no Democrat in the race, half the voters of Oklahoma will have no say in who becomes the next commissioner.
On June 26, Republicans have a choice between two qualified candidates. In this case, experience wins out. Bob Anthony deserves to be re-elected.
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