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Oklahoma Prepares To Select New Governor

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On Nov. 6, Oklahomans will go to the polls to elect a new governor.

KFOR has released a helpful guide to the policy differences among the candidates.

Kevin Stitt, the Republican candidate, says he would reduce the budgets for all 400 state agencies while giving the governor the power to fire underperforming agency leaders in appointed positions.

Stitt says he would also raise teacher pay to match other states in Oklahoma’s six-state footprint.

Meanwhile, Democrat Drew Edmondson says he would stop cutting funding for higher education while giving teachers a series of pay raises to make Oklahoma competitive nationally. Edmondson would also accept Medicaid expansion funds from the Federal government.

Finally, Libertarian Chris Powell says he will focus on the state’s prison overcrowding problem.