Unfortunately, Ron Arthur was a coach in the Shawnee Public School system for years while charges of sexually inappropriate behavior with students were alleged but never researched. In addition, though April Grace will claim to be a Republican, those in the education cartel - dubbed #oklaed on social media - back Grace.
The Corruption Belt: Out Of State Dark Money Ads Against SAI Cindy Byrd Tout Unlicensed Candidate With Two Bankruptcies
Suddenly, dishonest and disingenuous mailers are being sent out state-wide against current state auditor Cindy Byrd. According to Nolan Clay of The Oklahoman, candidate McQuillen has filed bankruptcy twice and is not a licensed accountant - unlike Byrd.
Part 1: Jake Merrick Supported, Then Worked Against By Oklahoma Council For Public Affairs (OCPA) Dark Money Groups
Jake Merrick won a special election for now-Congresswoman Stephanie Bice's open Senate seat last year. Jake is a Conservative, pro-life, pro-2nd amendment, small business owner who has served Oklahoma well since his special election. Oklahoma Council for Public Affairs (OCPA) dark money helped him in his first election. Here's the rub: After voting YES in committee, he voted NO (on the Senate floor) on a bill to send public money to private schools (voucher - SB1647). This election cycle, OCPA is using many thousands of dollars to influence voters AGAINST HIM through a different dark money group.
Every election since 2010, ROPE has announced support for a State Superintendent candidate. We believe this position to be of paramount importance in the direction of education in our state. This year is no different.
Four Republican candidates are vying for the State Superintendent’s chair: Bill Crozier, April Grace, Dr. John Cox and Secretary of Education Ryan Walters. ROPE held a candidate forum at Randall University on May 9th. Mr. Crozier was unable to attend and April Grace backed out of her original commitment to appear.