Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Former State Sen. Clark Jolley announces run for State Treasurer


Clark Jolley Launches Campaign for State Treasurer
Jolley to put extensive experience to work; Releases 10-point plan

(November 9th) Today, lifelong Oklahoman and longtime public servant Clark Jolley launched his campaign for State Treasurer by outlining his 10-point plan to propel the office forward.  His straightforward approach demonstrates his experience and the values that he believes are exactly what Oklahomans have come to expect from the position.  

“My experience as Appropriations Chairman, Secretary of Finance, and Chairman of the Tax Commission has uniquely prepared me to protect and safeguard taxpayers’ dollars,” stated Jolley.  

Jolley’s experience includes serving as State Senator in a key leadership role as Senate Appropriations Chairman, overseeing and negotiating five state budgets, none of which raised taxes on Oklahoma families.  In addition, Jolley served as Secretary of Finance, Administration, and Information Technology, where he successfully fought to protect the state’s bond rating from dropping during difficult economic times.  Jolley recently left the Oklahoma Tax Commission where he had been appointed Chairman by Governor Kevin Stitt.  While at the Commission Jolley also served as the Vice Chair of the Oklahoma Public Employees Retirement System, where assets grew by $2.5 billion (a 25% increase in funding) during his tenure. 

“Oklahoma’s State Treasurer should have the relevant experience to get to work on day one,” Jolley stated.  “Based on my experience and conservative values, I have developed a 10-Point plan for moving our state finances forward.” 

In addition to the traditional State Treasurer roles of improving the performance of investments and efficient management of the state’s Unclaimed Property Fund, Jolley’s 10-point plan includes protecting the state’s financial systems from cyberattacks and fighting back against D.C. liberal agendas and the cancel culture. 

“Unfortunately, not only are foreign adversaries aggressively trying to cyberattack our financial systems, but Washington, D.C. bureaucrats are attacking our conservative values by attempting to infiltrate personal financial accounts, and liberal activists are using the cancel culture to dictate the types of industries where states can invest,” Jolley stated in reference to recent events like the outrageous overreach of the IRS into any bank transaction which exceeds $600 and efforts by liberal groups to boycott Israel and fossil fuels as investment options.  

Jolley’s 10-point plan is: 

  • 1.         Integrity - Above all else – run the Office of the State Treasurer with unquestionable integrity. 
  • 2.         Protect – Be the watchdog protecting all taxpayer funds, including state pension systems so promises made can be promises kept. 
  • 3.         Secure – Enhance our digital protection strategy against foreign adversaries and their cyberattacks on Oklahoma’s financial system.  
  • 4.         Safeguard - Refuse to let the “Cancel Culture” influence our state’s investments and finances. 
  • 5.         Build – Promote and further develop the 529 education savings program to make college and career certifications more affordable and a reality for all Oklahoma families. 
  • 6.         Reunite - Improve the Unclaimed Property program to reunite more Oklahomans with their lost wealth and assets. 
  • 7.         Advocate - Fight for proven economic growth policies that keep money in hands of taxpayers, not government. 
  • 8.         Transparent - Be a model of efficiency and transparency in state government. 

  • 9.         Defend - Fight against President Biden’s proposed intrusions into our personal financial liberty and privacy. 
  • 10.     Support – Provide sound economic data to elected leaders in state and local government to support them in their roles as policy makers to improve investment returns and protect Oklahoma’s bond rating. 

“With my proven conservative track-record and background in Information Technology, as well as my history of limiting government spending, and pro-growth tax policy, I am confident voters will see me as their choice to be the next State Treasurer,” Jolley concluded.  

Jolley earned two bachelor’s degrees from Oklahoma Baptist University before earning a Juris Doctorate from the University of Oklahoma and a Certificate in Public Treasury Management from Pepperdine University.  Jolley’s expertise in financial matters has made him a sought-after adjunct professor who gives back by teaching college courses at both Oklahoma Christian University and Mid-America Christian University.    

Clark and his wife, April, live in Edmond.  Jolley’s daughter is currently a student at the University of Central Oklahoma, while his oldest son attends Southwestern Oklahoma State University.  In addition, they have two sons attending Edmond Public Schools.  The Jolleys are active members of Crossings Community Church.  

More information about Jolley and the campaign can be found at www.ClarkJolley.com

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