It’s up to voters now
As I stood among Oklahoma teachers at the Capitol last April, I thought, “Finally we have someone to save Oklahoma for the next generation.” Save Oklahoma from politicians who refuse to raise adequate revenue to properly fund our public schools, mental health facilities, district attorneys, drug treatment facilities, job training programs, and the list goes on. Teachers carried their message to the Capitol only to have doors closed in their faces and be subjected to harsh, disrespectful comments. Such actions fueled the teacher push for honest, caring government in Oklahoma. Many teachers have chosen to leave the classroom and run for office to turn our state government around so that it serves people’s needs and not business interests.
Teachers have done their part. Now it’s our turn. Call, write and campaign for candidates who want to properly fund our public schools and other necessary public services. It’s up to us to vote Nov. 6 for candidates who place the welfare of Oklahoma’s children and families ahead of the profit margin of their business interests. Let’s finish the 2018 teacher movement at the ballot box by electing “people candidates” not “business decoys,” starting with the governor and working on down the ballot. John Fletcher, Norman