OK: Schools bureaucrat switches parties to run for governor

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“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. ‘With partisanship and ineffective leadership, Governor Stitt is running our state into the ground. I’m switching parties in hopes of building the Oklahoma I’ve always known our state can be.'” (10/07/21)