Via Enid News
ENID, Okla. — Gubernatorial candidate Kevin Stitt visited Oakwood Country Club Monday morning in Enid.
Stitt took questions from the crowd and talked about tribal issues.
The conservative candidate from Tulsa said the most important issue for GOP voters is education and change.
“I’m running because I love our state and our state is in trouble” Stitt said. “We don’t have any different issues in our state that they do in any other states, so why are we at the bottom of so many categories? It doesn’t make sense.”
“Oklahoma has no reason to be in last place in everything that counts,” said Stitt’s Deputy Campaign Manager Donelle Harder.
Stitt calls himself an “outsider” to the world of politics and career politicians and he is the “business guy” candidate.
“If we want to do something different, We’ve got to elect different people,” Stitt said. “We can’t continue to elect career politicians, and that’s how I’m totally different from the other guys.”
The GOP candidate said he hopes undecided voters in Enid will “check out our resume” since Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb, who was raised in Enid and still has family here, is out of the running.
Former Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett and Stitt came out as the top Republican candidates — Lamb was third — during the primary election June 26. The two will face off at the polls Aug. 28 in a run-off for the Republican candidacy. The deadline to register to vote in the primary is Aug. 3.
Harder said Stitt demonstrated his abilities as problem-solver and vision-executer in the private sector with his mortgage company, Gateway Mortgage. She said Stitt recognizes he cannot lead alone, so he plans to take experts to serve with him.
“We recycle the same leaders over and over again, and it’s time for new leadership,” Harder said.
Harder said Stitt is willing to accept invitations to speak in the Enid community, but organizations need to reach out. Harder said they can not accept opportunities if they are not aware the opportunities exist.
“I love rural Oklahoma, I love Enid, and I would love to have their support,” Stitt said.
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