One place to start is with education. Republicans in the Legislature backpedaled this year from education reforms such as third-grade reading tests and Common Core. They might note the re-election of Rep. Jason Nelson, R-Oklahoma City. Nelson supports school choice, charter schools and greater parental control. He authored legislation to create education savings accounts that allow parents to use state dollars for a child’s tutoring or private schools. That such an agenda can win in a truly competitive district shows school choice and parental empowerment are winning issues. Statewide, several pro-school choice candidates from both parties won legislative races.
Not only did Nelson win in a competitive district. He won despite being targeted by state's most powerful school-employee labor union, which dubbed his race "November's most important election."