Stitt, Rus­sell are wor­thy of sup­port

The Oklahoman (Sunday) - - OPINION -

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.

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