What will it take for the next governor to turn things around in Oklahoma?
We asked several residents and registered voters who plan to vote on Nov. 6.
“For me, education is most important to focus,” Emily Christiansen said.
She’s lived in Owasso for eight years, since Gov. Mary Fallin first took office, and has seen the public education system get worse.
Not surprisingly, education has become a main priority in all three gubernatorial candidates’ campaigns ahead of the midterm elections.
“Having a daughter who is growing up and about to enter the school system knowing that she's going into a public school that cares about her and is funding, specifically the arts,” Christiansen said.
Another parent and registered voter who shares an interest in the topic shares with us his views.
“As a parent, I want to make sure that they are taken care of, especially when it comes to their education,” said Jose Miranda, who has four children and has lived in Tulsa since 1993.
He also believes in better healthcare and would like the next governor to improve the current system.
“I believe that healthcare should be for everyone to get the medical attention that they need, especially if they have elderly parents or young ones,” Miranda said.
It’s not just education residents are concerned about. They care about the high incarceration rate and poor infrastructure.
“I would say prisons for profit definitely that has to stop. Children are going to jail for minor stuff,” said a Tulsa woman who didn’t want to be identified.
She says she’s a registered voter and plans to vote in two weeks.
No matter what party affiliation Oklahomans associate with, there is one thing clear: They want change.
“We're kind of at a standstill as far as government goes and the policies that are enforced right now,” Christiansen said.
They want to see a better Oklahoma for their children and grandchildren.
“We like it here in Oklahoma. I'm retired and we plan on staying here,” Jack Brady said.
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