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The Frederick Press-Leader

Gubernatorial candidate visits Frederick


BY KATHLEEN GUILL nesses closing and their GPT from general appro- nor Mary Fallin has said
kathleen@press-leader.com schools, roads and com- priations. the GPT is in discussions
munities declining.” “I want to get us out of for the Special Session and
Gubernatorial candi- Oklahoma should invest the whole we’re in,” Ed- it could be on a ballot in
date Drew Edmondson in its future by working to mondson said. Our num- 2018. If it isn’t, he said he
stopped in Frederick Jan. reduce its dependence on ber one priority has got to will see that it’s done and
10 during his campaign unstable income sources be to restore the budget. the people have a chance
tour. Edmondson served like the gross production Everything we talk about to vote on it if he’s elected
Oklahoma for 16 years tax (GPT) and creating a in terms of education, governor.
as the Attorney General. capital improvement fund, health, mental health, Education is a high pri-
Now he is running for Gov- according to Edmondson. corrections, transporta- ority for Edmondson.
ernor of Oklahoma. He wants to stabilize core tion, all of those rest on “I think most people
Edmondson is running government services like getting our budget back in agree that education has
for Governor because, education, public safety order. Step one on that in got to be at the top of the
“the Oklahoma way of and health care and once my opinion us putting the list. We’ve got too many
life is under attack…Okla- those are fully funded, gross production tax back good teachers leaving the
homans are seeing their Edmondson said the state at seven percent.” Courtesy photo
paychecks cut, their busi- should begin to remove Edmondson said Gover- SEE VISIT, PAGE 2 Drew and Linda Edmondson

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The Frederick Press-Leader

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day weeks; it’s just not a third conviction. That’s the Civil War era in Ed-
good situation. It’s a dol- going to help reduce the mondson’s family.
lar question. If we want inflow to our prisons “When I was young, I
to give teachers a pay rather dramatically. enjoyed going with my fa-
raise, we’ve got to have “We still need to treat ther. He was kind enough
additional revenue. Giv- the underlying prob- to take me to dinners and
ing a teacher a pay raise, lems,” Edmondson pie suppers. There were
which is good, is not go- continued. “That’s the five kids in our family
ing to solve the schools’ Department of Mental and I was the one that
problems because they Health’s Smart on Crime enjoyed that, and still do.
haven’t had an increase proposal. We have an in- What I like about it [poli-
in their ADA in eight crease in the number of tics] now, things like this
years. That means drug and alcohol health tour where I get to meet
they’re operating on the treatment facilities to people, shake hands, and
same or less budget they attack the underlying talk about the issues, I
had eight years ago. We problem…That’s going enjoy that part of it. The
need to restore the fund- to be a huge reduction in getting on the phone,
ing to our schools.” the prison population if asking people for money,
Edmondson said an- we can properly fund it. that’s the hard part. I
other thing the state The drug, alcohol, men- frankly don’t enjoy that
needs to look at are Okla- tal health treatment runs but I recognize the neces-
homa’s prisons. three to five thousand sity of doing it.”
“Our prisons are burst- dollars per-person. Put-
ing at the seams. Voters ting them in prison is 20 Reach Kathleen Guill at 580-
took a good step in No- to 30 thousand dollars 379-0588, ext. 2602.

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