Candidates for Governor Square Off in Debate

The Democrat trying to capture the governor’s seat in Oklahoma said Monday his government experience is a benefit, but he also quickly pointed out that it’s been eight years since he’s held office in the red state where a dozen incumbents have already lost primary elections this year.

Drew Edmondson, a 71-year-old former attorney general who served four terms, has painted the Republicans’ nearly decade-long control of Oklahoma state government as a disaster that led to massive budget shortfalls and this year’s teacher walkout over dwindling funding for public schools.

“We’ve got 30 percent of our school districts that don’t offer a foreign language anymore,” Edmondson said during a forum Monday where he and Republican nominee Kevin Stitt faced off. “Twenty percent of our districts have gone to four-day school weeks.”

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