Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Cathy Costello announces campaign for Labor Commissioner


August 2, 2017 -- Conservative Republican Cathy Costello, widow of former Labor Commissioner Mark Costello, announces her candidacy today for Oklahoma Labor Commissioner in 2018.  Costello is a successful business owner and nationally-renowned mental health advocate.

"Mark and I had a consistent formula that allowed us to succeed in business - Hard work, solid values and diligent planning," Cathy Costello says. "That is exactly what I will bring to the job as Oklahoma's next Labor Commissioner. I do not want anyone's vote because of the tragedy of my past. I am asking for everyone's vote because of my vision for the future."

Costello plans to implement reforms to improve workplace safety, promote STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education to cultivate Oklahoma's future workforce, and reduce the loss of wealth and productivity due to untreated mental illness.

"Mental illness is the leading cause of lost workplace productivity and accounts for 30% of disability costs," says Costello.  "One in four Oklahomans suffers from mental illness which takes a tremendous toll on Oklahomans both personally and financially.  The Labor Commissioner has a statutory obligation to promote the health and welfare of every worker in Oklahoma.  Under my administration, mental health will be taken as seriously as physical health.  It's a win-win for employers and employees alike."

Cathy Costello is a lifelong Republican, resident of Edmond, and the co-founder of several international businesses.

The Republican primary for Labor Commissioner is scheduled for June 26, 2018 and the general election will be held November 6, 2018.

For more information on Cathy Costello and her plans for Oklahoma, visit her website at


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