Hofmeister, Johnson believe a Democrat can be Oklahoma's next governor (2022)

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(Update: On Tuesday, June 28, Joy Hofmeister won the Democratic gubernatorial primary.)

Oklahoma’s Democratic voters face a stark choice in their upcoming gubernatorial primary as they decide whether to cast a ballot for State Superintendent of Public Education Joy Hofmeister, a newly minted Democrat who bills herself as “aggressively moderate,” or former Sen. Connie Johnson, a longtime party member with a history of championing progressive causes.

Johnson was among the first Oklahomans to declare a candidacy in any 2022 race, registering with the Ethics Commission in May 2021. After months of rumors, Hofmeister joined the race in October, changing her voter registration from Republican to Democrat just before the statutory deadline.

Johnson questioned the authenticity of Hofmeister’s last-minute party change.

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“In my opinion, a person who will flip one way will flop back the other, and I don’t trust a person who does that just for personal gain,” Johnson said.

Hofmeister, however, said she is “working hard” to earn Democrats’ votes and is confident that her path to the governor’s mansion offers Oklahomans an alternative to incumbent Gov. Kevin Stitt, whom she said has “hijacked the Republican Party.”

“Let’s put it this way: I’m independent in holding both parties accountable,” she said. “But I also am a fighter, and I can’t help but stand up and fight for the future of our children, of all of those who are in communities across this state who are counting on a leader who will work to bring people together to get things done.”

In interviews with NonDoc, Johnson and Hofmeister discussed their political track records, their top policy priorities and the first actions they would take if elected governor.

The winner of the Democratic primary will face the GOP nominee, independent former Sen. Ervin Yen and Libertarian candidate Natalie Bruno in the November general election.

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Hofmeister became state superintendent of public education in 2014, ousting the incumbent, Janet Barresi, in the Republican primary. Before that, Hofmeister worked as a public school teacher and spent 15 years running Kumon centers in Tulsa. She served on the State Board of Education from 2012 to 2013 as an appointee of Gov. Mary Fallin.

In 2016, Hofmeister faced criminal charges related to alleged campaign finance violations, but the charges were dropped several months later. Communications among people involved in her campaign revealed allegedly improper coordination with the creation of and funding of an independent expenditure committee that ran advertisements against Barresi.

Hofmeister’s background in education is a central theme of her gubernatorial campaign, and she often talks about her own difficulties as a student.

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“I was that kid who struggled with dyslexia. It runs in my family. I get what it’s like to struggle to read and to overcome that and how that impacts your life,” she said. “I was the first in my family to go to college, and I dropped out of college. (…) There are struggles that regular, ordinary Oklahomans face, and we need a governor who has lived that and overcome challenges and is a fighter that can bring people together for real, meaningful progress for Oklahoma families.”

Hofmeister has publicly criticized Stitt’s administration over issues such as the handling of the COVID pandemic in schools, and Stitt has ordered an audit of the State Department of Education, which Hofmeister heads. Much of Hofmeister’s campaign rhetoric is focused on Stitt, whom she says engages in “self-dealing” and has lost the trust of voters.

“Gov. Stitt is running our state into the ground, and everyone that I assume is running for governor is focused on removing him for his failed leadership,” Hofmeister said when asked about her decision to run. “I’ve had a front-row seat to his pandering to extremism.”

To face Stitt, however, Hofmeister must first take on Johnson.

Johnson worked as a legislative assistant in the Oklahoma Capitol for more than 20 years before being elected to the Senate in 2005 to represent SD 48, on the east side of Oklahoma City. She held the seat until 2014. During her time in the Legislature, she said she proposed several measures that, although they failed, ultimately “moved the needle” on important issues. Johnson proposed legalizing marijuana more than 10 years before the state’s medical marijuana program passed via a state question in 2018. She also focused on criminal justice reforms, such as reducing penalties for nonviolent drug offenses. That also ultimately passed by a state question.

“I just think I have a finger on the pulse of the people,” Johnson said, “and the gift of vision, you know, shored up with experience — and experience, and experience — that support me, that qualify me, that inspire me, that give me the fortitude to believe that I can still make a difference.”

The “pillars” of Johnson’s campaign include education, infrastructure, health care, criminal justice reform, families’ wellbeing and the economy. Under these categories fall policies such as sentencing reform, raising the minimum wage and making child care affordable.

“Ultimately, our focus is to focus on the least, the last, the lost, the left out, the marginalized communities,” Johnson said. “These groups are always being left behind and, subsequently, it is costing us as citizens, versus our looking at their issues head-on and starting the process to develop solutions.”

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Policy particulars

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Ask Johnson about the policies she would like to see enacted as governor, and she’ll pepper you with a long list of changes she believes Oklahoma needs, from increasing the availability of mental health counseling to ending the death penalty and making junior college available for free.

Johnson said her first actions in office would be to “discontinue the efforts to suppress the vote,” reorganize the education system “to be accountable to the best interests of the child” and use federal money to create jobs via infrastructure projects throughout the state.

A policy she is particularly excited about, however, is expanding the industrial hemp industry. She calls herself the “queen mother of the movement” to bring legal cannabis to Oklahoma, and she says expanding the industry would help pay for her policy initiatives.

“Oklahoma is suited, perfectly suited — topography-wise, soil, climate — for growing hemp,” she said. “Hemp grows here, cannabis grows here, between the cracks of the concrete. We led the nation in rope production in World War II because of how it grows here. This is an industry that we’ve only scratched the surface of, but thousands of products can be created from hemp. Rural Oklahoma can be revitalized with hemp. (…) We deserve to occupy our space in the center of America and to be an economic powerhouse just based on what God has put here for the people of Oklahoma.”

When Hofmeister talks policy, she presents a holistic vision for improving the state’s education, health care and economy.

“There are so many areas that impact Oklahomans,” she said, “and when we think about the fundamental foundation of having a strong, robust economy, it starts with education, and it starts also with having access to quality, affordable health care and healthy communities. Our workforce development, businesses don’t have the workers they need. All of this is a part of a collective impact of not addressing the fundamental priorities that make for a robust economy. Our governor has said he wants to be Top 10, but he has demonstrated he doesn’t know how to get there.”

As governor, Hofmeister said her first actions would be targeted at education and health care.

“First thing we would do is to shore up education with a bold investment to solve our teacher shortage,” she said. “Second would be to work to ensure that our rural hospitals (and) nursing homes are not at risk for closure with the governor’s efforts to privatize Medicaid expansion with managed care. And it is certainly important to have better-paying jobs and workforce development. The governor is out of touch with regular Oklahoma families, and businesses — small businesses — that are suffering with inflation, that are suffering with gas prices, that are suffering with high costs at the grocery store, and we need a governor who will do something, not just talk about it.”

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Running blue in a red state

Regardless of who wins the primary, the Democratic candidate will face an uphill battle in a state where the Legislature is overwhelmingly Republican and no Democrat has won a statewide race in more than a decade.

Hofmeister and Johnson both named a few issues where they believe Stitt is vulnerable, including recent abortion regulations, tensions with Oklahoma’s tribal nations, and perceptions of corruption and insufficient transparency. And both said they believe Oklahomans want to avoid “extremism.”

Hofmeister said she believes she can win as a Democrat by appealing to moderation and unity.

“Our state needs balance,” she said. “I think Oklahomans are craving balance. They are tired of the extremism, and a governor that can provide that balance and can set a vision can lead this state with unity and get it done, and get the job done that Oklahomans deserve.”

Johnson, meanwhile, thinks that voters will see beyond party labels and focus on the issues.

“I believe if you define me being a Democrat as certain values and whatever, I think our chance lies in the fact that the issues that I champion are not about a party, they are about the people,” she said. “There’s enough disillusionment in both parties — with the Democrats and the Republicans, the extremists — and I represent that entity that gets it, about the things that affect all of us, regardless of the party.

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The former lifelong Republican said she was motivated to switch parties because she disagrees with many of Gov. Kevin Stitt’s policies.

After converting to a Democrat and announcing a run for governor, Hofmeister is taking a centrist approach to many key policy issues, including abortion rights, taxation and teaching about race in schools.. During a Thursday interview with The Frontier , the two-term state superintendent of public instruction and former lifelong Republican said she was motivated to switch parties because she disagrees with many of Oklahoma Gov.. “It became very clear to me that I no longer identify with Gov.. Stitt’s Republican party,” she said.. Hofmeister didn’t say whether she agreed with the court’s decision, but she accused the governor of making it a political issue.. Oklahoma’s political environment is challenging for Democrats but some in the party believe Hofmeister might be the right candidate to appeal to moderate Republicans willing to cross party lines.. “I think she gives Republicans permission to consider voting for a Democrat,” said Alicia Andrews, chairwoman of the Oklahoma Democratic Party.. DYLAN GOFORTH/The Frontier. While Hofmeister switched to the Democratic party, Stitt’s campaign pointed out that more Oklahomans have leaned to the right in recent years.. “If you need more evidence that his Oklahoma Turnaround is working, more than 100,000 Oklahomans have changed their registration to join the Republican Party since Governor Stitt took office, while 80,000 have left the Democratic party.”. Kirkland, who is a registered Republican, said she realizes Hofmeister’s switch to the Democratic party might mean she won’t agree with every policy issue she takes up.. But she also believes Hofmeister’s recent status as a Republican will make some conservative voters feel better about supporting her.

Oklahoma Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister is running for governor in 2022 as a Democrat to challenge Gov. Kevin Stitt.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister speaks with educators and parents during the 2018 teacher walkout at the Oklahoma State Capitol on Wednesday, April 11, 2018.. Oklahoma Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister is switching her party affiliation to Democrat as part of a 2022 gubernatorial campaign to challenge incumbent Gov.. Hofmeister’s decision was first reported in a Tulsa World story from Andrea Eger and Randy Krehbiel on Wednesday evening.. First elected to lead the State Department of Education in 2014, Hofmeister is ineligible for re-election as state superintendent owing to term limits.. “I’m running for governor as a Democrat because I believe in supporting our children’s education, fighting for better health care and investing in Oklahoma’s infrastructure,” Hofmeister said.. “Our current governor does not represent the values that regular Democrats, independents or Republicans hold dear.. Oklahoma State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister leads an emergency meeting of the State Board of Education on Monday, March 16, 2020.. While the ad makes no reference to Hofmeister’s party change, an immediate comment on the Facebook post highlights the challenge Hofmeister will face convincing some of her Republican supporters to select her over Stitt in a general election.. In recent years, a handful of Oklahoma elected officials have switched parties, but typically after an election.. (Tres Savage)Hofmeister told the Tulsa World that switching parties to challenge Stitt first crossed her mind in the spring after a full year of watching how Stitt handled public policy related to the pandemic.. Hofmeister called Stitt’s audit request “another attack on Oklahoma’s public education system.”. We want to be top-10 in education.. Hofmeister, however, has faced scrutiny before related to the operation of an independent expenditure campaign to support her original bid for state superintendent.. Hofmeister was also charged with violating state campaign laws.

Joy Hofmeister describes herself as a moderate who can appeal to Oklahoma Republicans dissatisfied with the party’s Trumpist shift to the right.

After converting to a Democrat and announcing a run for governor, Hofmeister is taking a centrist approach to many key policy issues, including abortion rights, taxation and teaching about race in schools.. Stitt’s Republican party,” she said.. Hofmeister didn’t say whether she agreed with the court’s decision, but she accused the governor of making it a political issue.. Oklahoma’s political environment is challenging for Democrats but some in the party believe Hofmeister might be the right candidate to appeal to moderate Republicans willing to cross party lines.. After talking with Hofmeister, and observing her recent political moves, Andrews is convinced the party switch is real, even if she didn’t end up embracing a progressive platform like former state senator Connie Johnson, who is also running for the Democratic nomination.. While Hofmeister switched to the Democratic party, Stitt’s campaign pointed out that more Oklahomans have leaned to the right in recent years.. “I am still a Republican and I am not changing my party.

Joy Hofmeister describes herself as a moderate who can appeal to Republicans in Oklahoma unhappy with the party’s Trumpist turn to the right.

After converting to a Democrat and announcing his candidacy for governor, Hofmeister takes a centrist approach to many key political issues, including abortion rights, taxation and race education in schools.. Stitt’s Republican Party,” she said.. Stitt opposed the tax hike when he ran for governor in 2018, despite being enacted by a Republican-controlled legislature and governor.. Hofmeister did not say whether she agreed with the court ruling, but accused the governor of making it a political issue.. She has vowed to work closely with tribal chiefs if the Oklahomans elect her in the 2022 gubernatorial race.. After speaking with Hofmeister and observing her recent political moves, Andrews is convinced the party change is real, even though she hasn’t ended up embracing a progressive platform like former State Senator Connie Johnson, who is also seeking the Democratic nomination.. “I’m still a Republican and I’m not changing parties.. Stitt’s campaign responded to Hofmeister’s candidacy by drawing attention to increased funding for schools this year, as well as a pay hike for teachers adopted in his first year in office.

Joy Hofmeister describes herself as a moderate who can appeal to Oklahoma Republicans dissatisfied with the party’s Trumpist shift to the right.

After converting to a Democrat and announcing a run for governor, Hofmeister is taking a centrist approach to many key policy issues, including abortion rights, taxation and teaching about race in schools.. “It became very clear to me that I no longer identify with Gov.. Stitt’s Republican party,” she said.. While Stitt said he would sign any anti-abortion bill that crosses his desk, Hofmeister said there are limits to what legislation she would approve, although she calls herself pro-life.. Hofmeister didn’t say whether she agreed with the court’s decision, but she accused the governor of making it a political issue.. Oklahoma’s political environment is challenging for Democrats but some in the party believe Hofmeister might be the right candidate to appeal to moderate Republicans willing to cross party lines.. “I think she gives Republicans permission to consider voting for a Democrat,” said Alicia Andrews, chairwoman of the Oklahoma Democratic Party.. After talking with Hofmeister, and observing her recent political moves, Andrews is convinced the party switch is real, even if she didn’t end up embracing a progressive platform like former state senator Connie Johnson, who is also running for the Democratic nomination.. While Hofmeister switched to the Democratic party, Stitt’s campaign pointed out that more Oklahomans have leaned to the right in recent years.. Kirkland, who is a registered Republican, said she realizes Hofmeister’s switch to the Democratic party might mean she won’t agree with every policy issue she takes up.. “I am still a Republican and I am not changing my party.

Joy Hofmeister describes herself as a moderate who can appeal to Oklahoma Republicans dissatisfied with the party’s Trumpist shift to the right.

After converting to a Democrat and announcing a run for governor, Hofmeister is taking a centrist approach to many key policy issues, including abortion rights, taxation and teaching about race in schools.. “It became very clear to me that I no longer identify with Gov.. Stitt’s Republican party,” she said.. While Stitt said he would sign any anti-abortion bill that crosses his desk, Hofmeister said there are limits to what legislation she would approve, although she calls herself pro-life.. Another bill Stitt approved earlier this year bans certain teachings on race and gender and was motivated by conservative backlash to critical race theory.. Hofmeister didn’t say whether she agreed with the court’s decision, but she accused the governor of making it a political issue.. Oklahoma’s political environment is challenging for Democrats but some in the party believe Hofmeister might be the right candidate to appeal to moderate Republicans willing to cross party lines.. “I think she gives Republicans permission to consider voting for a Democrat,” said Alicia Andrews, chairwoman of the Oklahoma Democratic Party.. After talking with Hofmeister, and observing her recent political moves, Andrews is convinced the party switch is real, even if she didn’t end up embracing a progressive platform like former state senator Connie Johnson, who is also running for the Democratic nomination.. “If you need more evidence that his Oklahoma Turnaround is working, more than 100,000 Oklahomans have changed their registration to join the Republican Party since Governor Stitt took office, while 80,000 have left the Democratic party.”. Kirkland, who is a registered Republican, said she realizes Hofmeister’s switch to the Democratic party might mean she won’t agree with every policy issue she takes up.. But she also believes Hofmeister’s recent status as a Republican will make some conservative voters feel better about supporting her.. “I am still a Republican and I am not changing my party.. Stitt’s campaign responded to Hofmeister’s candidacy by calling attention to this year’s increase in school funding, along with a teacher pay raise enacted during his first year in office.Hofmeister said she hopes voters will consider the candidate over party, as she has done in recent years.. “I firmly believe that there are a lot of Republicans out there who want an alternative and maybe Joy flipping gives some Republicans the chance to feel better supporting a Democrat.”

Oklahoma Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister is running for governor in 2022 as a Democrat to challenge Gov. Kevin Stitt.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister speaks with educators and parents during the 2018 teacher walkout at the Oklahoma State Capitol on Wednesday, April 11, 2018.. Oklahoma Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister is switching her party affiliation to Democrat as part of a 2022 gubernatorial campaign to challenge incumbent Gov.. Hofmeister’s decision was first reported in a Tulsa World story from Andrea Eger and Randy Krehbiel on Wednesday evening.. First elected to lead the State Department of Education in 2014, Hofmeister is ineligible for re-election as state superintendent owing to term limits.. “I’m running for governor as a Democrat because I believe in supporting our children’s education, fighting for better health care and investing in Oklahoma’s infrastructure,” Hofmeister said.. Oklahoma State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister leads an emergency meeting of the State Board of Education on Monday, March 16, 2020.. While the ad makes no reference to Hofmeister’s party change, an immediate comment on the Facebook post highlights the challenge Hofmeister will face convincing some of her Republican supporters to select her over Stitt in a general election.. In recent years, a handful of Oklahoma elected officials have switched parties, but typically after an election.. (Tres Savage)Hofmeister told the Tulsa World that switching parties to challenge Stitt first crossed her mind in the spring after a full year of watching how Stitt handled public policy related to the pandemic.. Hofmeister called Stitt’s audit request “another attack on Oklahoma’s public education system.”. We want to be top-10 in education.. Hofmeister, however, has faced scrutiny before related to the operation of an independent expenditure campaign to support her original bid for state superintendent.. Hofmeister was also charged with violating state campaign laws.

State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister talks about her run for governor, where she falls on the political spectrum, and about her views on education, abortion access and more.

It’s time for an education governor.. In fact, frankly, I’ve been focused on kids, and kids don’t have party affiliations.. So as I look, it’s a time of reflection, I’ve seen Gov.. I would imagine, maybe I’m wrong, but as a Democrat, you’re going to have to appeal to the sort of moderate Democrats in Oklahoma, without losing the center right Republicans who are maybe turned off by some of what Gov.. Dylan: Getting back to the state of the state, the governor talked about a number of education topics.. And some states are ready to focus on other things.. And that’s why we need an education governor.

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030222 Political Note #449 Joy Hofmeister Governor Oklahoma. Democrats have not been doing well in Oklahoma.. Taxes on small businesses were eliminated.. Kansas now has a Democratic Governor and Lt.. Governor, a Democratic State Treasurer, and a decent chance to elect a Democratic Attorney General.. Kevin Stitt, the incumbent Republican, replaced Mary Fallin.. Kevin Stitt made his start selling education support tools including, presumably, encyclopedias.. Liberals or maybe people with common sense use public referenda to fix the mess.. He fired the head of the National Guard who was encouraging, though not requiring troops to be vaccinated.. She complained that Oklahoma’s legislation about teaching about race, signed by Stitt, was rushed and was a “recipe for problems.” Neither the legislature nor Stitt consulted with her or with teachers about what they were considering.. How will Republicans react to Joy Hofmeister?. With your help and with the help of Democrats around the country, it is possible that both Kansas and Oklahoma will have Democratic governors after the November election.. Democrats who can flip Republican Governors or other state officers

Tulsa World exclusive: Former Gov. Brad Henry said he believes Joy Hofmeister is a results-oriented leader who listens to all sides and tries to be collaborative. #oklaedJoy Hofmeister to flip

The last Democratic governor of Oklahoma says he sees something of himself in state Superintendent Joy Hofmeister, a lifelong Republican with hopes of becoming Oklahoma’s next Democratic governor.. Hofmeister is also running as a Democrat in a state that’s received a lot more Republican votes since Henry was elected to his second term in 2006.. “Oklahomans are independent-thinking people,” Henry said.. Now, the Democrats have to give them a reason to vote Democrat .. “Certainly her emphasis and her policies have been the emphasis of the Democratic Party for some years,” Edmondson said.. When asked if he could support Hofmeister, a former Republican, as a Democratic candidate, Nichols said, “If you’re asking me if I’d rather have Kevin Stitt or Joy Hofmeister for governor, that’s an easy one for me.”. Oklahoma school superintendent-elect Joy Hofmeister listens to a presentation about at-risk students at Webster High School in Tulsa, Okla. on Friday, January 9, 2014.. State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister (center,right), joins a group of Tulsa Public Schools employees and lobbyists from Stand for Children Oklahoma prior to canvassing the neighborhood around Eugene Field Elementary School in Tulsa, Okla., taken on June 13, 2015.. State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister speaks at a news conference in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015.. Education lobbyist Tristy Fryer, Tulsa Public Schools Superintendent Debroah Gist, Oklahoma State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister, Tulsa Public Schools Teacher of the Year Shaniqua Ray, and Executive Director of Impact Tulsa Kathy Seibold speaks during the Tulsa World's Education Forum at Oklahoma State Tulsa on Wednesday, August 22, 2018.. State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister moderates a discussion with a panel of high school students about what they wish teachers knew, at the Oklahoma State Department of Education's annual conference, hosted at Bixby High School on July 18, 2019.. Claremore students and State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister(right) announce that the Milken Educator Award includes $25,000.00 Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019.

Tulsa World exclusive: Oklahoma's State Superintendent of Public Instruction announces campaign for governor. #oklaed

Insurance commissioner John Doak (left), Education Superintendent Joy Hofmeister and Attorney General Scott Pruitt (right) applaud as Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin delivers her state of the state address at the state Capitol in Oklahoma City, Okla., on Monday, February 1, 2016.. John Krueger (left) moves down the buffet line as Sally Mulready, Deborah Gist, Tulsa Public Schools Superintendent, and Joy Hofmeister, State education superintendent, serve food during a Thanksgiving meal at Street School in Tulsa, Okla., on Tuesday, November 22, 2016.. Despite a nearly $870 million shortfall in next year's Oklahoma state budget, state school Superintendent Joy Hofmeister says public schools need an additional $221 million in the upcoming fiscal year.. Oklahoma state schools Superintendent Joy Hofmeister edits her speech with her her husband, Gerald, before addressing media after campaign violation charges were officially dropped at the Oklahoma State Department of Education on Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017.. Education lobbyist Tristy Fryer, Tulsa Public Schools Superintendent Debroah Gist, Oklahoma State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister, Tulsa Public Schools Teacher of the Year Shaniqua Ray, and Executive Director of Impact Tulsa Kathy Seibold speaks during the Tulsa World's Education Forum at Oklahoma State Tulsa on Wednesday, August 22, 2018.

With a campaign focused on expanding health care, infrastructure and Oklahoma’s relationship with cannabis, Connie Johnson is seeking a second chance to become the first Black governor of Oklahoma

FILE – Oklahoma Democratic Senate candidate, state Sen. Connie Johnson speaks to supporters in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, after losing her election for the vacant Senate seat.. Former state Senator Connie Johnson wants to create “Oklahoma 2.0”.. “I was the only woman and the only Black person in the [2018] race for governor,” Johnson said.. Voters re-elected her to a state senate seat in 2006 and 2010.. Recognizing how absentee voting helped Democrats in other conservative-leaning states, Connie Johnson is pushing for voters to apply to vote by mail.

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