Tuesday Forum in Lawton: Legislative Candidates Discuss State Issues

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Oklahoma flags are seen waving in the wind outside of the State Capitol.

A public forum will be held Tuesday evening at Cameron University, featuring candidates running for legislative seats in the Lawton area.

The event, which is free, is being sponsored by nonprofit organizations Together Oklahoma and Oklahoma Watch, and will focus on public policy issues facing the state. Audience members will be able to ask questions.

The “Oklahoma Watch-Out” forum will be held from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, in the McCasland Ballroom at the McMahon Centennial Complex, 501 Southwest University Dr. Panelists will include most candidates running in Senate District 32 and House Districts 62, 63 and 64.

Those planning to attend are encouraged to RSVP online.

“Since last session, Oklahomans have become involved in the political process like never before,” said Sabine Brown, outreach and advocacy coordinator for Together Oklahoma. “We hope these forums will help voters get past political rhetoric and find out where candidates stand on the most pressing issues in the state.”

David Fritze, executive editor of the digital news publication Oklahoma Watch, will moderate the event beginning with questions related to current legislative issues like the budget, education, and health care, followed by the audience questions.

“The election in November could be a pivotal one in the state, and forums like these are important for connecting voters with those who will make decisions affecting their lives,” Fritze said.

Candidates scheduled to participate are John Michael Montgomery, Republican, and Jacobi Crowley, Democrat, running in SD 32; Larry Bush, Democrat, and Daniel Pae, Republican, running in HD 62; Trey Caldwell, Republican, running against Joan Gabelmann, Democrat, in HD 63; and Ashley McCarter, Democrat, and Randy Pilon, independent, running in HD 64 against Republican Rande Worthen.

Together Oklahoma is a grassroots education and advocacy coalition of citizens working together to connect Oklahoma values to state budget priorities. Oklahoma Watch is a nonpartisan media organization that produces in-depth and investigative journalism on a wide variety of issues facing Oklahoma.

For questions, contact Sabine Brown, of Together Oklahoma, at sbrown@togetherok.org.