Hofmeister will file for Oklahoma governor Wednesday

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — Oklahoma State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister will file her candidacy for Oklahoma governor on Wednesday.

An agent of her campaign will file on her behalf, after Hofmeister shared on Tuesday that she was recently diagnosed with COVID.

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Hofmeister announced she was running for governor last October, and that she is flipping parties.

She said she will run as a Democrat in order to be in the best position to challenge Gov. Kevin Stitt in the upcoming election.

“The change was necessary for me because Governor Stitt has hijacked the Republican Party,” Hofmeister told FOX23 News.

Hofmeister released the following statement:

“Like millions of our neighbors, I am guided by faith, family, and the commonsense Oklahoma values I’ve taught my four kids. But there doesn’t seem to be much common sense guiding our state right now. Instead of working together, our governor stirs up division, pitting neighbor against neighbor. He prizes politics over people and his own self-interest over the public good.

I am running for governor to rebuild what Kevin Stitt has destroyed: accountability and trust.

What I’m hearing from Oklahomans right now - traveling from county to county - tracks with a recent poll showing over half of Oklahoma voters believe our state is on the wrong track. Oklahomans are rightly upset that what matters most to them – quality neighborhood schools, the freedom to make healthcare decisions with a trusted doctor and the safety of their communities – has all been put at risk. I’m looking forward to continuing these conversations across the state and the opportunity to get Oklahoma back on track as governor.”