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Democratic candidates for Oklahoma Superintendent host debate

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 DURANT, OK -- Citizens had the chance Monday to hear from the Democratic candidates running for state superintendent of Oklahoma schools.

Monday's debate was supposed to help distinguish each candidate from each other since they all have similar platforms.

Three of the four Democratic candidates for Oklahoma Superintendent came out for the debate.

"Dr. Deskin was unable to be here this evening because she has just in the last few days become a grandmother for the very first time and is at home supporting her son and daughter in law," said Alisa Dorman, local resident.

But Dr. John Cox, Dr. Jack Herron and Dr. Ivan Holmes sat down in downtown Durant to debate several issues facing education in Oklahoma, including the common core, lack of money, the future of art programs, charter schools, the automatic retention policy and potentially consolidating schools.

"There are more issues in education than you and I or anyone in this room can count," said Matt Sandman, Democratic Party Vice Chairman. "But I think the ones that came up were solid issues, they're hot button topics."

Teachers say the debate left them asking more questions.

"I don't think in an hour you have time," said Mara Richards, Durant Middle School teacher.

Roger MeGehee says teachers are being past over.

"For lack of a better way to say  it…because we've taken it," MeGehee said. "We've not stood together. There's a small percentage of teachers who even vote."

A common goal for each candidate is to see change in current leadership at the state level.

The Republican candidates running are current Superintendent Janet Barresi and Joy Hofmeister of Tulsa. Primary Elections are Tuesday June 24.