TULSA WORLD: For Democrats, Edmondson is the best choice for governor - Drew Edmondson for Governor TULSA WORLD: For Democrats, Edmondson is the best choice for governor - Drew Edmondson for Governor

TULSA WORLD: For Democrats, Edmondson is the best choice for governor

By: World’s Editorial Writers

For Democrats, former Attorney General Drew Edmondson is the best choice for governor.

Edmondson has the right policies on education, the environment and health care and the experience to make a serious challenge in November’s general election.

His primary opponent is former state Sen. Connie Johnson, who has been one of the state’s strongest proponents for legalizing marijuana.

Gov. Mary Fallin’s decision to schedule the vote on State Question 788, which would broadly legalize medical marijuana, on the same election as the Democratic primary has been seen by some as an attempt to magnify Johnson’s support at the poll and make Edmondson’s nomination harder.

Edmondson also supports SQ 788, but we think Democratic voters will be wise enough to recognize their party’s need for a candidate with a platform that goes beyond marijuana and the political acumen to win in November.

Edmondson supports adequate funding of public schools and is committed to teacher pay beyond the raises passed this year by legislators. He also recognizes the need to fund more teachers, more school supplies and more textbooks.

He has a proven track record of defending the environment. He led the state’s defense of the Illinois River against chicken waste pollution and the fight against the ultimately unsuccessful “Right to Farm” State Question 777.

On health care, Edmondson has promised to reverse immediately the state’s refusal to accept expanded Medicaid funding — “Obamacare.” His legal battle against Big Tobacco established the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust, a permanent fund for improving the health outcomes of our citizens.

The son of a congressman and the nephew of a governor, Edmondson served 16 years as Oklahoma’s attorney general. He has the critical knowledge of how state government works and how to get things done inside the state Capitol.

He is clearly the best alternative on the Democratic ticket and has our primary endorsement.