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Elections force changes

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the fourth story in a series as The Constitution takes a look back at 2018.

Elections in 2018 forced changes on state and local levels.

Locally, only one Lawton-area incumbent kept his seat and will be be returning to the State Capitol when the 2019 session begins in February, although a second veteran legislator will be heading back in a new position. Blame voter anger and a yearning for change, but also credit teachers who weren’t quite satisfied with the House and Senate after a two-week walkout in April gave them some — but not all — of what they wanted for education.

The Oklahoma Education Association said its legislative caucus is now 25 members strong, after primary, runoff and general elections added more than 20 educators to the nine already there. But, that number doesn’t take into account legislators who have direct ties to education through family and friends.

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