By Matt Montgomery
In a prepared statement to Piedmont-Surrey Gazette Associate Publisher Randy Anderson, Piedmont Mayor Valerie Thomerson dismissed Internet falsehoods indicating she would be an Oklahoma State Senate candidate.
“District 22 Senator Rob Johnson has been a good friend to the City of Piedmont and his leadership will be missed in the Oklahoma Senate. Since having heard that Senator Johnson will be vacating his seat, I was approached by several individuals and asked to consider running for the office of State Senator.
When I was campaigning for the office of Mayor for the City of Piedmont, I stated then, that I had no political ambitions beyond Piedmont. That statement still holds true today. My only goal was to serve my community and you graciously allowed that when you elected me as your Mayor.
Although I am extremely flattered to have been asked to even consider running for such a prestigious office, this statement is necessary to correct any erroneous reports that were derived from unsubstantiated speculation and without any confirmation from me.
My focus is on Piedmont and that will not change during my term as Mayor.
Being Mayor has at times been a challenge, however it has always been a privilege and one I do not take lightly.”