lifelong Republican Joy Hofmeister, who is also the State Superintendent has announced that she is switching to the Democratic Party to run for Governor because of the Republican Governor.
“The 57-year-old lifelong Republican told the Tulsa World in an exclusive interview that she is changing her party registration on Thursday in order to launch a bid to unseat Republican incumbent Kevin Stitt,” the newspaper reported.
“Governor Stitt is running the state into the ground,” she said. “Through extremism, partisanship, ineffective leadership, he is hurting our education system, our health care, our infrastructure.”
“”And unfortunately, Gov. Stitt has hijacked the Republican Party in Oklahoma,” she added.
Hofmeister was elected statewide in Oklahoma in the 2014 and 2018 elections.
“We have a global pandemic, and it mattered who was governor in 2020,” she explained. “We’ve had 10,000 Oklahomans lost. When you understand now how critical it was to have had a leader who contemplated expert advice and opinion and set an example to help protect Oklahomans, we could have avoided thousands of people dying.” she said