gubernatorial debate, Kevin Stitt, Joy Hofmeister
Republican Kevin Stitt and Democrat Joy Hofmeister have agreed to participate in a gubernatorial debate Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2022, in Oklahoma City. (NonDoc)

(Update: Now that the debate has occurred, you can read NonDoc’s recap or watch the full video.)

Ahead of the November general election, Oklahoma Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt and Democratic State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister have agreed to participate in a gubernatorial debate co-hosted by NonDoc and News 9.

The debate, titled Executive Session, is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, at the Will Rogers Theatre, 4322 N. Western Ave. in Oklahoma City. For this particular debate, NonDoc has partnered with the State Chamber of Oklahoma to host the event, but questions will be written and asked exclusively by professional journalists.

NonDoc’s Tres Savage and News 9’s Storme Jones will moderate the one-hour debate between Stitt and Hofmeister. Opportunities for separate, recorded conversations with Libertarian candidate Natalie Bruno and independent candidate Dr. Ervin Yen have been offered to help voters learn about their priorities, positions and backgrounds.

Event seating is limited, and as of Oct. 1 all of NonDoc’s reserved seats have been filled. The Oct. 19 debate will be live-streamed on News 9’s website and Facebook page, as well as on NonDoc’s Facebook page and the Facebook pages of other partners. C-SPAN has agreed to simulcast and replay the debate nationally on its primary channel, which varies by cable provider in terms of number:

  • AT&T U-Verse: 230
  • DirectTV: 350
  • Dish: 210
  • Cable One: 78
  • Cox Contour: 126 in Oklahoma City; 480 in Tulsa.

The Frontier is also a media partner for this debate, with a focus on fact checking. (Media outlets wishing to host the livestream on their pages should contact NonDoc.)

For those in the Tulsa area, NonDoc has partnered with the Tulsa Press Club, which will be hosting a watch party at 415 S. Boston Ave., Suite 23.

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NonDoc’s broader 2022 public debate series is supported by financial sponsors like the State Chamber of OklahomaAARP OklahomaMcSpadden, Milner & Robinson, the Oklahoma Public School Resource Center, the Oklahoma Association of REALTORS and Overman Legal Group.

Stitt was elected governor in 2018, the same year that Hofmeister won reelection as state superintendent of public instruction as a Republican. In fall 2021, Hofmeister changed parties to challenge Stitt, and she won this year’s Democratic primary with 60.73 percent of the vote. Stitt received 69.06 percent support in the Republican primary to defeat three GOP challengers.

Oklahoma’s general election will be held Nov. 8. The deadline to register to vote for the general election is Friday, Oct. 14.

(Update: This article was updated at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 2, and again at 11:05 a.m. Monday, Oct. 17, to include new details about the debate’s simulcast on C-SPAN.)