Social issues at forefront of Oklahoma state superintendent race

A crowded Republican ticket and a lone Democrat are vying to become Oklahoma’s top education official in a race already steeped in cultural debate.

All five candidates aim to succeed Joy Hofmeister as state superintendent of public instruction. Hofmeister, a Democratic candidate for governor, is term limited after eight years at the head of the Oklahoma State Department of Education and the Oklahoma State Board of Education.

Four Republicans filed for the statewide seat.

Oklahoma Education Secretary Ryan Walters, Shawnee Public Schools Superintendent April Grace, Peggs Public Schools Superintendent John Cox and William “Bill” Crozier are seeking the GOP nomination in the June 28 primary.

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