Oklahoma Needs a Watchdog!

July 24, 2018 — Oklahoma City, OK —  Oklahoma City attorney and Democratic nominee, Mark Myles, officially launched his campaign Tuesday for Oklahoma Attorney General. The seat is currently occupied by governor appointed Mike Hunter. The office was previously held by former head of the EPA, Scott Pruitt, who resigned from office earlier this month after a short tenure filled with scandals.

“Scott Pruitt handed us a disaster under his eight years of office mismanagement and now we have a current attorney general who puts special interests ahead of the public interest. I decided now is the time to run to restore public trust to the Office of Oklahoma Attorney General,”  Myles said.

“My number one priority as attorney general will be to keep Oklahomans safe and secure in their homes, schools, and workplaces, while supporting law enforcement personnel in their efforts to protect our citizenry.” I am committed to being a watchdog and rooting out corruption wherever it festers. “As your attorney general, I’ll be a watchdog that holds everyone accountable, no matter their status, their political party or what office they hold. I will always put people over politics.

Mark’s commitment to fairness is critical to the office of AG: “The law must treat each person equally, but we all know that’s not what’s happening in Oklahoma under the current and prior administrations. The wealthy and powerful get special treatment. As attorney general, I’ll make sure no state official gets any privileges or favors from special interest groups and everyone is treated fairly under the law.”

Mark firmly believes that Oklahomans deserve an attorney general who will protect them with the courage to stand up to special interests, to criminals who break the law, and with the fortitude and experience to take effective, immediate action and fight for our state, its people, and our resources.

One of Mark’s top priorities as attorney general will be going after pill mills and anyone who is illegally profiting from the opioid crisis: “Opioid addiction is tearing our communities apart. We must go after those who are pushing pills to the street, especially drug traffickers and cartels who are fueling the epidemic.”

Another priority for Mark is finding internet predators and scammers and bringing them to justice. “The internet has proven to be an essential tool of modern day life, but it can also be a dangerous place. Scammers and predators take advantage of our most vulnerable. As attorney general, I will find and prosecute these criminals to the fullest extent of the law and prevent these horrible abuses from ever happening again to any Oklahoman.”

“This race is not about me, it’s about you and the people of our state. Now is not the time to be sitting on the sidelines– we have too much at stake. I hope you’ll get to know me and when you do, I hope I can earn your vote because together, we can do great things.”

Mark Myles has lived in Oklahoma since he was in the 6th grade and is the product Lawton Public Schools. His father, Maurice Myles is a retired Army Major, and his mother, Dolores Myles, was a junior high school science teacher for over 30 years. After graduating from Lawton’s Eisenhower High School, Mark earned a degree in economics from Oklahoma State University in 1983 and soon after began a 21 year tenure at IBM, earning many awards over the course of his distinguished career.

Mark has a history of responding in times of need. After the attack on the Murrah Building in 1995, he volunteered with the Red Cross for two months caring for the first responders and local residents.  After the attack on the Twin Towers a decade later left the country in shock, he decided that it was time to align his personal and professional values to protect and advocate for the people and enforce the rule of law, so he began the process to become an attorney enrolled at the University of Oklahoma.

While in law school he served as the Chair of the Graduate Student Senate, worked as a licensed legal intern in the school’s criminal defense clinic and attended the summer law program at Brasenose College at the University of Oxford in England where he earned a certification in English Legal Systems from the Oxford Centre for International Law and Justice.

Mark resides in the Mesta Park neighborhood of Oklahoma City with his wife Eva Borgei and have four children, Nina, Katherine, Elizabeth and Ramy. Eva is a former pediatrician turned attorney who specializes in civil law, including immigration, personal injury, and family law.

Mark practices law throughout Oklahoma. He is a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association as well as other Bar Associations throughout the state (county, national). He has been admitted to practice before the Oklahoma Supreme Court as well as the US Court of International Trade, the US Tenth Circuit of Appeals and the US District Courts for the Western, Northern and Eastern Districts of Oklahoma. Mark was also a prosecutor in Logan County where he sent some very deserving people to prison. Mark has the background and the experience and is uniquely qualified for the job: “You can trust that I have the experience to be the people’s attorney.”

The Republican run-off election on August 28th will determine if he will be running against Mike Hunter or Gentner Drummond on November 6th, 2018.