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Fiorina to present energy positions to Oklahoma oil, gas producers

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina is gaining ground in the GOP primary race and she’ll hope to solidify support in the Sooner State when she makes a special visit to talk with reps from the oil and gas industry.

Like Ted Cruz before her, Fiorina is seeking help from the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association as she continues moving up the GOP ladder. The latest Wall Street Journal/NBC poll shows her in third with 11 percent of Republican support, behind Donald Trump and Ben Carson with 21 and 20 percent, respectively.

Fiorina, the former chief executive officer at Hewlett-Packard, will give her position on energy issues from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. when the OIPA members gather at their Oklahoma City headquarters, 500 NE 4th Street.

Fiorina is one of three non-politicos in the GOP primary and all three are at the top of the polls. Trump and Carson are the other two. This is Fiorina’s second visit to Oklahoma City. In May, she appeared at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference.

She started her professional career as a secretary for a small real estate business. At age 25, she joined AT&T as a management trainee, and in just fifteen years she went from an entry-level employee to leading AT&T's spin-off of Lucent Technologies and, later, Lucent's North American operations.

In 1999, Hewlett-Packard named Fiorina their new chief executive, making her the first woman to lead a Fortune 50 business. Under her leadership, HP grew to become the 11th largest company in the United States.

Since leaving HP, Fiorina has focused on giving back. She has served in a large number of advisory and policy-making positions for national and state governments. She has also led a number of charities and nonprofits, serving as the Chairman of the American Conservative Union Foundation, which annually hosts CPAC. She’s also been the chairman of the world's largest product philanthropy organization and the chairman of a Christian faith-based organization that helps lift millions out of poverty worldwide.

Bush makes stop

Oklahoma City will be a quick fundraising stop for former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who also appeared in the city in May at the SLRC.

This time, however, Bush will appear at a private fundraising breakfast and reception. The event is closed to the press and public. An online invitation to the event encourages a $2,700 donation level for supporters.

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