Johnson and Hofmeister face off for Democratic nomination in gubernatorial race | Government and politics
OKLAHOMA CITY — State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister takes on former state Senator Connie Johnson in the June 28 Democratic primary for governor.
Hofmeister, who is completing her second term as state superintendent, moved from Republican to Democrat in November.
“Governor. (Kevin) Stitt has hijacked the Republican Party,” said Hofmeister, 57. “He’s running this state in the ground. others and get things done.
Stitt is seeking a second term. He is one of four Republicans vying for the nomination.
Johnson, 70, is a consultant who is in her second attempt at governor after an unsuccessful bid for the US Senate. She served nine years in the Oklahoma State Senate and also served on the staff.
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“Only in Oklahoma could the Republican Party lead a Republican in the Democratic primary and Democrats would say OK,” Johnson said. “Nowhere else.”
She said there was nothing stopping Hofmeister from going back to the Republican “after pulling that big prank.”
Hofmeister graduated from Eastwood High School in Tulsa. She holds a bachelor’s degree in education from Texas Christian University and is working on a master’s degree at the University of Oklahoma.
She is a former teacher who owned a Kumon math and reading center in Tulsa.
Hofmeister said his main issues are building a stronger and more competitive education system, safe and healthy communities, and creating well-paying jobs.
“Families shouldn’t have to work three jobs and still have property out of reach,” she said.
The state needs more students to graduate from high school and be ready for CareerTech, the military or college, she said.
Oklahoma also needs to address its teacher shortage, which few talked about until she took office, she said.
“Governor. Stitt is threatening all of our schools with his voucher program, which is killing rural schools,” Hofmeister said.
She has a lot of criticism for Stitt.
“I’ve had a front row seat to Governor Stitt’s personal dealings, cronyism and lack of transparency,” Hofmeister said. “It has to stop.”
It only benefited her friends and her own business, she said.
She said Stitt was out of touch with ordinary Oklahomans and reading a national script.
“It’s more than a top 10 tagline,” she said. “The people of Oklahom need a governor who knows how to get there.”
Johnson said one of his main issues was providing funding for quality education.
Additionally, she believes reinvesting in roads, bridges, broadband and environmental needs will create well-paying jobs.
Johnson said health and mental health services are a basic human right and health care systems need to be restructured to make them more accountable.
It also supports reform of the criminal justice system and sentencing guidelines.
She said a “good old boy” system has led to over-incarceration for certain groups of people. The state needs a uniform sentencing system, she said.
She also wants to empower marginalized groups in underserved communities with information about voting as a way to improve their lives.
She is a strong advocate for a woman’s right to choose abortion.
Johnson graduated from Frederick A. Douglass High School in Oklahoma City. She holds a bachelor’s degree in French from the University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling from Langston University. She holds a doctorate in political science from Larry Love University.