Oklahoma schools leader switches parties to run for governor
October 8, 2021
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister, who has clashed repeatedly with Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt and his appointees over the state's response to COVID-19 in schools, said Thursday she will switch parties and run as a Democrat against him next year.
A longtime Republican first elected in 2014, Hofmeister said the decision to switch parties and run for governor was a difficult one, but one she took because "Kevin Stitt has hijacked the Republican Party here in Oklahoma."
"Coming to these decisions was not easy, but both were 100% necessary," she said in a statement. "Wi...