Stitt, Russell are worthy of support
ON Tuesday, voters have the chance to determine the direction of our government for at least the next two years as they vote on federal, state and local races. We encourage citizens to educate themselves and vote.
The Oklahoman endorses the following candidates: In the gubernatorial race, our choice is Republican nominee Kevin Stitt. As a successful businessman, Stitt’s greatest asset is his ability and willingness to question the status quo. When the status quo isn’t working, you need an outsider who doesn’t view failed ways of doing things with complacency. The last few years have been marked by multiple tax increases that failed to prevent subsequent budget shortfalls because of fiscal mismanagement. Stitt is the candidate best prepared to break that cycle and put the state on a sounder footing that benefits all.
Stitt also appears best prepared to be a vocal and active recruiter of businesses to Oklahoma, which will diversify the state economy, reduce the severity of boom-and-bust cycles, and increase prosperity for all.
For those who want real change, Stitt is the clear choice.
In the race for lieutenant governor, The Oklahoman endorses former Oklahoma Republican Party Chairman Matt Pinnell. He is a successful small-business owner who demonstrated great competence as the chairman of the Oklahoma GOP and later as national state party director at the Republican National Committee. As lieutenant governor, Pinnell offers an optimistic vision and dedication that should make him a great salesman for the state.
In the race for attorney general, The Oklahoman endorses incumbent Mike Hunter. Hunter has been focused on serious issues, including the fight against opioids. He has proven a dedicated and effective attorney general who deserves re-election.
In congressional races, we endorse the four incumbents running for re-election. All have served ably in different roles and there is no reason to change.
In District 5, Steve Russell, R-Choctaw, has been a defender of the military, an effective crusader against wasteful government spending, a voice of reason in immigration debates, and a champion of consumerdriven health care.
In the 3rd District, Frank Lucas, R-Cheyenne, has been a strong voice for rural America and a champion of farmers and ranchers.
In the 4th District, Tom Cole, R-Moore, has been an able leader who exerts much influence with House leadership. He has been especially forceful on Alzheimer’s research, the military, higher education and tribal issues.
In District 2, Markwayne Mullin, R-Westville, has brought a businessman’s perspective to Congress. A staunch supporter of President Trump, Mullin has nonetheless fostered strong relations with Republicans and Democrats.
On Tuesday, power shifts from elected officials to the people who elect government leaders. The right to vote is imbued with great power and should not be taken for granted.