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Oklahoma State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister, left, is set to debate GOP challenger Linda Murphy, right, Friday, Aug. 24, 2018, at City Presbyterian Church. (NonDoc)

Oklahoma State Superintendent for Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister will debate her GOP runoff opponent, Linda Murphy, 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24.

NonDoc, Let’s Fix This, Generation Citizen and the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy are partners for the debate, which will be held at City Presbyterian Church, 829 N.W. 13th St. in Oklahoma City.

Those interested can RSVP to and share the debate’s Facebook event.

Hofmeister has held the state’s top education position since Jan. 12, 2015, after she defeated incumbent Janet Baressi in a primary election and Democrat John Cox in the 2014 general. Cox is Oklahoma’s Democratic nominee again in 2018.

Hofmeister and Murphy will square off on an Aug. 28 GOP runoff ballot filled with five other statewide races and a Tulsa congressional nomination.

In Oklahoma’s June 26 primary, Hofmeister garnered 46.83 percent of the vote in a three-way race. Meanwhile, Linda Murphy, who formerly served as deputy commissioner of labor for workforce education and training, earned 31.05 percent support.

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Let’s Fix This and Generation Citizen have been key non-partisan partners in all of our 2018 political debates, and City Presbyterian Church has generously offered the use of their facility for these August debates.

But organizing and promoting these debates also features tangible costs — printing, advertising, refreshments, etc. — for organizers. To that end, financial sponsors for these debates are key.

As they are doing for our Aug. 21 Corporation Commission debates, the advocacy firm McSpadden, Milner & Robinson has stepped up to support these efforts financially.

Other sponsors are still being sought in an effort to ensure broad public awareness of the debates. To inquire about sponsorship, simply contact

(Update: This post was updated at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 2, to include a link to the debate’s Facebook event page.)