State Rep. Leslie Osborn pulled off what some political observers might say was a stunning win over heavily-favored Cathy Costello, the widow who sought to succeed her late husband in the job for Oklahoma Labor Commissioner.
Osborn received 52.35% over Costello’s 47.65% in the runoff race for the Republican nomination for Labor Commissioner. The legislator from Mustang received 151,713 votes while Costello, whose husband Mark was murdered by their son in 2015, received 138,112 votes.
Costello had a considerable lead in the June primary with 43% compared to Osborn’s 36% but failed to get the required 50% plus one to win the nomination outright. Costello , 58, campaigned largely on mental health issues in the workplace.
Osborn, 54, a legislator and businesswoman now will campaign against Democrat Fred Dorrell and Independent Brandt Dismukes in the general election to be held Nov. 6.
While the office of Labor Commissioner is publicly associated with inspection of carnival rides at the state fair, it also has an impact on the state’s energy industry.
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