Parents and teachers join Edmondson for filing day
Edmondson says education to be first priority for his administration
OKLAHOMA CITY, April 12, 2018 – In the midst of a movement to fully fund public education, Drew Edmondson was joined by parents, educators and Oklahomans eager for change in a march to the state capitol on Thursday, where he officially filed paperwork for his candidacy for Oklahoma governor.
The half-mile walk to the capitol was punctuated with cheers of “Drew is For You” as more than 100 volunteers joined the Edmondson and his wife, Linda, for filing day.
“There is a movement underway in Oklahoma,” Edmondson said. “Eight years of Mary Fallin and her administration have forced people to set partisan politics aside. People are hungry for change, and they recognize that our next governor will either represent change or result in more of the same policies that have led to failing schools, shuttered hospitals and nonexistent services for veterans. Public education, health care and veterans’ services will be my priorities as governor. That’s the change I hope to bring to Oklahoma.”
A Navy veteran who served our country in Vietnam, Edmondson’s first job upon leaving the military was as a teacher at Muskogee High School, where he taught speech and debate.
He served as Muskogee County District Attorney before being elected as Oklahoma’s Attorney General in 1995, an office he held until 2011.
As attorney general, Edmondson helped establish the Oklahoma Educational Technology Trust, which has provided more than $20 million in technology and training for 269 public schools, impacting more than 109,000 students.
Edmondson also led an effort to establish the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET). To date, the Trust now holds more than $1 billion in assets, with its proceeds dedicated to improving public health. Since 2001, TSET’s efforts have saved more than 42,000 lives through smoking cessation programs and community grants.
“This is a watershed year for Oklahoma,” Edmondson said. “We cannot withstand four more years of politicians who are worried more about the next election than the next generation. It’s time to put our kids, our seniors and our veterans first. It’s time to take back Oklahoma.”
Edmondson is a graduate of Northeastern State College and the University of Tulsa School of Law. He is a former district attorney and served four terms as Oklahoma’s attorney general. Learn more at www.drewforoklahoma.com.