Oklahoma teacher to run for seat of lawmaker in controversial Facebook video


Teachers and supporters are still angry after Wagoner County Representative Kevin McDugle said he wouldn't vote for "another stinking measure" due to teacher's behavior during the walkout.

Now, one teacher will be taking McDugle on head-to-head.

Cyndi Ralston, a teacher with Haskell Public Schools, announced on Facebook Tuesday she'll be running against McDugle for the District 12 House seat.

"I had not planned to make this announcement public until after I had filed for office, but the events of the day have moved me to do so now," said Ralston in the post.

Ralston continued to say her decision to announce her candidacy was directly related to Rep. McDugle's video.

"If Kevin McDugle won’t fight for teachers and students, then I will," wrote Ralston. "If Kevin McDugle won’t back parents over oil companies, I will. If Kevin McDugle won’t treat his constituents with respect and dignity, I will."

Rep. McDugle received huge backlash after posting a Facebook Live video saying he wouldn't vote for another measure on education.

"Let me tell you something, I voted for every teacher measure to fund them all last year," said Rep. Kevin McDugle, R-District 12. "It took us a year and a half to pass it. And now, they come into this House, they want to act this way. I'm not voting for another stinking measure when they're acting the way they're acting."

McDugle has since apologized for the video.

Former Wagoner County deputy Nick Mahoney, a Republican, is also running for McDugle's seat.

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