By Barbara Hoberock


OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett has announced on social media he will be running for governor in 2018.

“Next week I’ll be filing the papers and making it official that I’ll be a candidate for governor,” posts late Wednesday on his Twitter and Facebook accounts stated. “Our work is just beginning.”

Cornett, a Republican, said a more formal and public campaign announcement will be made this summer.

He could not be reached for comment Thursday.

Cornett, the first person to be elected to four terms as mayor of Oklahoma City, is president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

He was instrumental in recruiting the NBA to Oklahoma City and is credited with helping to revitalize the city through the passage of a sales tax extension called MAPS 3.

A former television reporter and anchor, Cornett also served on the Oklahoma City Council.

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