Comments from Oklahoma primary election voters

By The Associated Press Published: June 24, 2014

Here is a collection of voter voices during Tuesday’s primary election in Oklahoma:

In Tahlequah, Tonya Thompson, 53, said she voted for Republican U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin because she believes he’ll work harder than any of his opponents.

“He lives at work. (His family) are goodhearted, godly people,” said Thompson, a human resources representative for a Tulsa company.

Thompson also voted for U.S. Rep. James Lankford, who is running for the GOP nomination for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn.

“(Lankford’s) just going to do the right thing in office. He’s honest and studies the issues,” she said.

She also supported Joy Hofmeister, who is challenging Superintendent of Education Janet Barresi in the Republican primary.

“There was so much that didn’t improve the way she promised,” Thompson said. “I don’t necessarily hate (Barresi), I just couldn’t vote for her.”

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Gail Garcia, 60, a Tahlequah resident and teacher, cast her vote for Republican Brian Kelly for superintendent of schools because he seemed less bureaucratic than his opponents, she said.

“I don’t think anyone who’s not been in the classroom can make the decisions they’ve been making,” she said.

She said she voted for Mullin because his conservative views line up with hers.

“He just seemed more real. He just seemed like a real person,” she said.

Garcia said she voted for Lankford because she got an “impression that T.W. Shannon seemed like he was going to use the position for something bigger,” like president or some other higher office, she said.

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