Candidate Profiles: The Race for Oklahoma Governor, 2018

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A sign is seen above the Governor's office at the State Capitol.

A sign is seen above the Governor’s office at the State Capitol.

The final winnowing before the general election for governor has pared the field to three: Republican Kevin Stitt, Democrat Drew Edmondson and Libertarian Chris Powell.

Voters will have 10 weeks to decide how to vote in election of Oklahoma’s 28th governor.

If you’re still wavering on a choice, or haven’t considered what’s at stake, it’s time to get serious.¬†Oklahoma Watch is offering these candidate profiles, with facts, analysis and context, to¬† help readers decide how to vote and help understand the implications of electing one man vs. another. We’ll update or eliminate profiles as the campaign continues.

Here are links to profiles of the current contenders:


Kevin Stitt

This wealthy, engaging businessman who’s never run for public office is trying to parlay his outsider status, money and focus on business values and social conservatism into the chief executive job.

Read the profile.


Drew Edmondson

In a state that gave Donald Trump a landslide in 2016, this experienced, articulate Democrat must attract enough moderate and independent voters unhappy with GOP leadership, and get enough Democratic turnout, to pull off a victory.

Read the profile.


Chris Powell

Can a long-time, genial member of the Libertarian Party, which has struggled for decades to be taken seriously by voters, achieve a breakthrough by tapping into the simmering frustration with major established parties?

Read the profile.

Profiles are not available for republication at this time.