Filing opens for state, federal offices as Oklahoma teachers push for change

People line up at Oklahoma State Capitol to file for candidacy in 2018 November elections. (Wayne Stafford/KOKH)

The issue of teacher pay and education funding has some vowing to change things from the inside, and Wednesday is their chance to take the first step.

Today is the first day candidates can file to run for state and federal offices. The Oklahoma Election Board will accept applications through Friday. As of 12:30 p.m. April 11, 304 candidates had filed for office.

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The filing period comes as a statewide teacher walkout enters its eighth day. On Tuesday, Governor Mary Fallin went against teachers and signed a repeal of a tax on hotels and motels that would have brought in nearly $50 million for education.

The Oklahoma Education Association later called on teachers and other supporters of public education to file for public office.

It was expected that around three-quarters of House Republicans would be running unopposed.

If you're interested in running, all the details you need to file can be found here.

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