Kay Floyd came in first in the Democratic primary in June, but was unable to avoid a runoff against Mike Dover, who ran second. The victor of Tuesdays runoff will face Republican candidate Aaron Kaspereit in the Nov. 8 general election.
McAffrey gave up the seat earlier this year when he won a special election for the Senate.
The Oklahoma City district is roughly defined by N.W. 50th and N.W. 10th streets, Santa Fe Avenue and Interstate 44.
Floyd, who has served as a special municipal judge for Oklahoma City and administrative law judge for the state of Oklahoma, said she views education as vital to the continued growth of jobs and business opportunities throughout the state.
She said her research into the issue has proven this to be true and, more important, the constituents of HD 88 insist on education as a top priority.
It makes sense because we have 20 schools in the district, kindergarten through high school. We educate just under 9,400 students every year, Floyd said.
Dover, who recently retired as executive director of Variety Health Center, said health care will be his top issue if elected to the Legislature He points to his 27-year career in health care administration as the key experience needed to implement the Affordable Care Act. or ACA.
Dover said he intends to make the ACA, which was recently upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court, work for Oklahomans, as opposed to the rigidly right-controlled Republican Legislature who are trying to do everything they can to walk away from it.
The GOP is expected to retain firm control of the Legislature. Both Democratic candidates say they can be effective as members of the minority.
I will always work with people of different values and different views to look for that niche that we can agree on, because there obviously are a lot of things that help Democrats and Republicans, in general, Dover said.
Floyd also noted the need for bipartisan cooperation, saying, With the tea partiers splintering the [GOP], Republicans are actually having to reach across the aisle more and more to Democrats to work with them.
As the runoff election date approaches, the most recent state Ethics Commission financial reports filed by the candidates show Floyd with a sizable fundraising advantage.
Because the district leans heavily Democratic, political observers expect that the runoff winner will have an advantage over Republican Kaspereit in the general election.
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