NORMAN — Sarah Stitt, making her first speech for her husband’s gubernatorial campaign last week, hit all the obligatory points about how Kevin Stitt would bring his goal-oriented approach to state government.
Then the 40-year-old mother of six turned to her own priorities — education and mental health — and became overwhelmed with emotion.
She described taking a relative to a mental health facility and seeing a foster child in need of treatment and fast-forwarding to the years of trouble the child would have in a system that leaves too many vulnerable people to fend for themselves.
“We have not structured our state to take care of them,” she said, crying through her remarks without stopping.
“I have got to find a way to make a difference on this issue.”
It was a unique moment in the gubernatorial campaign, not just for the raw emotion, but for the fact that a candidate’s spouse addressed a group.
For a few minutes, she reframed a gubernatorial campaign that has featured lots of bloodless talk about budget policy and economic diversification into a mission to serve people.