University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma to welcome 2018 gubernatorial candidates

Graphic for the Meet the Candidates series featuring an image of the state capitol

University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma to welcome 2018 gubernatorial candidates


Continuing this spring, the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma’s Nita R. Giles Public Policy Program is hosting “Meet the Candidates,” a series of public forums where the contenders in Oklahoma’s 2018 gubernatorial election can discuss their platforms.

Each candidate will have the opportunity to give a short presentation of their politics and policies in the USAO Ballroom, followed by a question and answer period with the audience. The public is encouraged to attend these forums, which will be held at 7 p.m. and are free of charge.  

The following candidates are scheduled during the remainder of the 2018 spring semester:

  • Feb. 20: Todd Lamb, Republican and current Lt. Governor of Oklahoma.
  • March 5: Mick Cornett, Republican and current mayor of Oklahoma City.
  • March 6: Drew Edmondson, Democrat and former state Attorney General.

“Last semester’s Meet the Candidates events proved to be very successful in our community,” said Dr. Kevin Crow, professor of history. “These forums give our students and our citizens a chance to personally engage with someone who will go on to have a very real impact on their lives, whomever that person ends up being. These forums are definitely a step above the typical soundbites we are bombarded with in political ads, they make the process real.”

Previous candidate who have spoken include Gary Richardson, Connie Johnson, Dan Fisher, Gary Jones and Kevin Stitt. Previous forums are available in-full online at

The Nita R. Giles Public Policy Program is the only undergraduate program of its kind in Oklahoma and one of only a few nationally. The program is specifically focused on Oklahoma, producing graduates who have the skills and passion to help our state solve problems and ensure a sustainable future. Our program arms students with the range of skills, knowledge and experiences—in and out of the classroom—which will enable them to contribute to policymaking at all levels of society.