We have another opportunity to choose our elected leaders on Tuesday, and I really hope that all those who can vote will. Maybe we can keep the pundits from continually saying “voter turnout is going to be low because it isn’t a presidential year.”
Even though there are fewer candidates than in June, this runoff election is still important to public education, and therefore Putnam City Schools. (If you don’t know your district or who your current elected officials are, please visit http://www.oklegislature.gov/FindMyLegislature.aspx before reading.) Let me highlight some of the races that mean the most to Putnam City.
State Superintendent of Public Instruction - Republican
The incumbent Joy Hofmeister did not receive more than 50.1% of the votes in the June primary, and therefore she has a runoff opponent in Linda Murphy. You may learn more about Hofmeister HERE and more about Murphy HERE. The candidates have different views, and will have a major impact on what happens in Putnam City’s classrooms.
House District 82 was full of candidates for the Republican nomination, but Nicole Miller and Brad Martin were the top two vote-getters. Learn more about Martin HERE and more about Miller HERE.
In House District 100, we have two women vying for the Republican nomination. Julie Roach has her plans listed HERE and Marilyn Stark’s plans are HERE.
The Republicans have a primary runoff in Mayor Holt’s old seat of District 30. Lori Callahan’s views can be found HERE and John Symcox’s view are HERE.
If you spend even five minutes researching some of these people, you’ll learn that some have children in our district! Some clearly and succinctly say they will vote for more funding in public education and others are not so clear.
We in public education need the help of every person who says education is important to them to go to the polls Tuesday. Do these candidates support smaller class sizes, teacher pay equity, and innovative curriculum for our children? Do they recognize the damage that is being done by the teacher shortfall? If you can’t tell from their websites, please call and ask until they give you an answer that is definitive.
Let’s prove the pundits wrong! Vote for pro-public education candidates this coming Tuesday!