The Duncan Banner


August 19, 2013

Askins still has a message


Jari Askins is learning to deal with an enlightening situation. Now, when the Duncan native, former lieutenant governor and current associate provost for external relations at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center attempts to contact someone on the telephone, people take or return the call.
It didn’t always used to be that way.
That’s because friends, foundation officials, business leaders, government co-workers and even family members assumed she was seeking a financial contribution or trying to arrange a meeting or a fund-raising affair.
It’s a benefit to being out of office she hadn’t expected, but is one she enjoys.
Askins, as you know, made an unsuccessful attempt to become Oklahoma’s governor in 2010. She had been lieutenant governor for four years after serving the maximum 12 years in the House of Representatives, representing District 50, Stephens County and Duncan.
She seeks no office today.
For the first time in almost 20 years, her name will not be on a ballot. It seems unusual, she admits, confiding she would probably prefer to be running for re-election and continuing her passionate desire to help the people of her home state.
Not being named to a judicial post she sought after leaving office and finishing second in the selection of a new president at Cameron University have added to her recent disappointments, though life moves forward.
“It’s tougher than people think,” she said candidly, “to let them know you’re not disappointed or that you’re okay after not getting something you felt you could do well. Losing hurts. It takes time to get over that. I’ve never tried for a job or a position I didn’t want or felt I couldn’t do. And I’ve learned a lot about myself with each attempt. I’d rather try and lose than regret never trying.”

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Should the date for The World's Largest Garage Sale be changed from the third weekend in July to sometime in October to take advantage of cooler weather like we had this past weekend?

No. It's better in the summer cause kids are out of school.
Yes. More shoppers would come during nice fall weather.
Either time is fine.

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