In­surance Com­mis­sioner can­di­dates dif­fer on ex­pe­ri­ence

The Oklahoman (Sunday) - - BUSINESS - BY STEVE LACK­MEYER Busi­ness Writer slack­meyer@ok­la­homan.com

Vot­ers on Tues­day will be given a choice be­tween two Tul­sans for In­surance Com­mis­sioner in the race to re­place in­cum­bent John Doak, who is term-lim­ited.

Kim­berly Fobbs, a Demo­crat, says her ex­pe­ri­ence as a claims in­ves­ti­ga­tor and man­ager at Metropoli­tan Life In­surance is an ad­van­tage be­cause her ca­reer has fo­cused on rep­re­sent­ing cus­tomers, while Glen Mul­ready, a Re­pub­li­can, says his 35 years rep­re­sent­ing both sides will best help Ok­la­homans by ex­pand­ing cov­er­age op­tions.

“I’ve been on both sides as a bro­ker, as an in­surance ex­ec­u­tive,” Mul­ready said, list­ing a ca­reer that in­cludes work­ing as an agent and bro­ker in prop­erty, ca­su­alty, health and life in­surance and as an ex­ec­u­tive at some of the state’s largest health in­surance com­pa­nies.

In look­ing at the op­er­a­tions of the of­fice un­der Doak, Mul­ready said he does not have “plans to turn it on its head.”

But he does want to find ways to in­crease in­surance choices for Ok­la­homans. He said he also wants to ex­plore the per­for­mance of phar­macy ben­e­fit plans in­tro­duced a few years ago.

“We re­ally need to see if they are work­ing,” Mul­ready said.

Fobbs, mean­while, coun­ters that Mul­ready’s ex­pe­ri­ence and sup­port from in­surance com­pa­nies could come at a cost to Ok­la­homa res­i­dents whose in­ter­ests might be com­pro­mised in fa­vor of cor­po­rate in­ter­ests.

“I’ve al­ways been on the side of the pol­icy holder,” Fobbs said. “I did not sell poli­cies or make money from com­mis­sions. It was my job to in­ves­ti­gate claims and look at when things were done wrong.”

Fobbs said she is con­cerned about the in­tro­duc­tion of cam­eras along Ok­la­homa roads de­signed to catch mo­torists who are driv­ing with­out in­surance. Some of those driv­ers, she said, are in a sit­u­a­tion where they face higher in­surance rates due to their credit scores.

“We need some­one who will be an ad­vo­cate who will hold the mar­ket place ac­count­able,” Fobbs said. Mul­ready, mean­while, pledged to en­sure that Ok­la­homans are be­ing treated fairly.

Kim­berly Fobbs

Glen Mul­ready

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