Sand Springs school superintendent Lloyd Snow is joining the wave of educators filing for public office.
Snow announced Friday that he will seek a seat in the Oklahoma State Senate, after he retires from the district. Dozens of teachers and other educators in the Tulsa area have already filed for seats in the state legislature.
Snow will seek the District 37 seat. He faces incumbent Republican Dan Newberry of Tulsa, Republican Brian Jackson of Sand Springs, as well as fellow Democrats Andrew Nutter and Cory Gage of Tulsa and Independent Shawn Ketcher of Tulsa.
He released the following statement about his plans:
"On June 30th, I am retiring after following my life passion in education for the past 43 years, the last 36 as Superintendent. I have witnessed first hand the positive impact teachers and schools have on children and communities. On their behalf and at the request of many I have made this decision to file for Senate District 37.
I am frustrated, disappointed, and discouraged with the challenges our children, families, citizens, and communities continue to face due to devastating budget reductions and poor policies in the areas of public education, health, safety, and transportation.
I believe in public education. I believe in Oklahoma. I feel an obligation to be a voice of reason, common sense, and responsibility for our families and communities. I am also thrilled so many education advocates are filing for legislative seats. We can do better. We must."