High Schoolers Host Governor's Debate

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Debate hosted by Oklahoma City High Schoolers
Credit From Now On

High school students in Oklahoma have organized and moderated a gubernatorial debate in hopes of getting other students interested in politics.

Democratic candidate Drew Edmondson and his Republican opponent Kevin Stitt answered students' questions Thursday at Oklahoma City Community College. Three high school students moderated the panel and asked the candidates about health care, education, prison reform, medical cannabis and the economy.

The forum was run by a group called "From Now On," which was recently launched by Democratic Rep. Jason Dunnington of Oklahoma City and Republican Sen. Adam Pugh of Edmond. The nonprofit organization aims to encourage young people to vote.

"When I heard Oklahoma is 47th in voting turnout, that is shocking to me," said Madelyn Rops, a student at Edmond Memorial High School. "Hearing that only 11 percent of eligible voters from 18 to 24 actually come out and vote is just not good. That's not how I think we should be as a state. For me personally, I want kids like me to know