With now former State Sen. Bryce Marlatt’s resignation yesterday following his arraignment on sexual battery charges stemming from a June incident with an Uber driver, a current House of Representatives member in Northwest Oklahoma has officially announced his intention to run for the vacant Senate seat. Rep. Casey Murdock in a statement sent to K101 states that he will run for former Sen. Marlatt’s seat. Murdock said in his statement “Without a voice in the State Senate, our part of the state is weaker and more vulnerable to being overlooked by the politicians in Oklahoma City,” said Murdock. “We need a strong, experienced leader who can hit the ground running on day one to ensure Northwest Oklahoma is well-represented at the Capitol. Whether we are talking about protecting our natural resources, strengthening our schools, or encouraging economic growth, we need strong leadership in the State Senate.”
Murdock has deep roots in Northwest Oklahoma, where he has spent his life working in agriculture. His great-grandfather settled in the Panhandle more than a decade before statehood, with the Murdock family remaining in the area for five generations and counting. Murdock earned his bachelor’s degree in agricultural business from Panhandle State University in 1992. He then farmed in Cimarron County for ten years, while simultaneously working at a cattle feedyard. Today, he farms and runs a cow/calf operation and raises his family in the Panhandle.
Murdock said it’s also important to promote and defend traditional values. “A society must have a culture that respects life, defends liberty, and protects individual rights,” said Murdock. “Without those things, we would be no different from godless dictatorships. I have a record of protecting our Constitutional rights and upholding conservative values, and I will continue that in the State Senate.” Murdock currently represents House District 61