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Faces of Oklahoma’s Midterm Election

(Top Left: Priscilla Wayland, Bottom Left: Ryan Willoughby, Top Right: Dedra Northington, Bottom Right: Terry and Orin Hunkins)

(Top Left: Priscilla Wayland, Bottom Left: Ryan Willoughby, Top Right: Dedra Northington, Bottom Right: Terry and Orin Hunkins)

 

OKLAHOMA CITY – The JRLR took to the streets to see what issues were motivating Oklahoma City voters on Election Day.

Dedra Northington, a local laboratory technician, shared her thoughts after exiting the polling station. When asked how she felt about the state questions on the ballot, Northington explained that the questions were unnecessarily confusing and therefore difficult to vote on. After being questioned about the impact of the statewide teacher walkout, Northington shared her hope that the walkout would bring about positive change, but remained doubtful. Northington would encourage Oklahoma’s next Governor to make improving education their first priority after taking office.

Ryan Willoughby gave his views on this year’s ballot. Willoughby has a positive outlook of the state questions and believes the measures will help Oklahoma. Willoughby remembers the teacher walkout well, but is uncertain as to how the event will impact the election. “It was crazy when it happened”, he exclaimed. Willoughby hopes the next Governor will reduce government spending while also allocating more funding for education.

Orin Hunkins and his wife Terry held very similar opinions on the election. They disagreed with all the state questions, especially State Question 793, which they explained would harm local eye care providers. They hoped that the walkout would motivate voters to elect candidates who support strengthening education.

Priscilla Wayland, a mother of three, felt that the teacher strike had caused education to be blown out of proportion. She believes education is currently overshadowing equally important issues such as the debate on abortion. Wayland added that she disagreed with the premise of every state question. When asked if she felt the teacher walkout would influence the election outcome her response was succinct, “Unfortunately, yes”.

 

Nat Barrack – The Journal Record Legislative Report

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