Primary Election Deserves Attention, Lawmakers Say

The republican candidates for state superintendent squared off in debate in the studio of Tulsa's Channel 8, and the discussion goes on with only a few days before the primary election.But as the debate escalates, political leaders say Oklahomans need to realize how important this race is. As the candidates ask questions, voters should do the same, according to lawmakers and concerned party members."How do we trust someone who blindly accepts something we know is not stable? This is not what our communities deserve," said Candidate Joy Hofmeister, referring to Oklahoma's "A-F" school evaluation system.

"We can't ask a child that fails the test, still sounding out words, to be socially promoted to the fourth grade. It's not fair to that child, or other children," said Janet Barresi in support of the Reading Sufficiency Act.

Janet Barresi and Joy Hofmeister have established differing views on issues like the "A-F" grade system and the third grade reading law.

But now political leaders say families need to get past the political positioning, and listen.

Today both candidates were part of a meet and greet with the Tulsa County Republican Men's Club. One lawmaker says this office matters because it impacts children everyday.

"Unfortunately, those who are engaged in the process have made up their minds, but the vast majority of Oklahomans probably have not stopped to think about this race yet and let alone the implication that it has on their children and grandchildren," said State Rep. Rick Brinkley.