ARDMORE, Okla. (KXII) - Thursday morning Cheryl Key and Justin Arledge announced they're running as Democrats for local seats in the Oklahoma Legislature.
"We need a voice at the state capital who can speak up for rural Oklahoma - for the Healdton's and Wilson's who are only on four day work weeks," Cheryl Key who is running for State Representative District 48 said. "We have got to turn our state back around."
"We're ready for some change and some stronger leadership in our district and state," Justin Arledge, candidate for Senate District 14 said.
The two announced their candidacy to dozens of residents and the Democrats State Party Chair - who made her way down to Ardmore Thursday for the announcement.
"I think our Republican legislators are feeling the pressure and I hope that they make good decisions and if they don't they are going to be held accountable for that in November," Anna Langthorn said.
Key says if elected she'll push for community and economic development in rural areas.
Arledge says he would advocate for better water quality and funding core services.
Both say they plan to make education a high priority.
"Our kids deserve better than last in the nation for school funding," Arledge said.
"Well trained workforce, educated workforce, and what does that take? Education - number one," Key said.
The filing period for Oklahoma's June primaries is next week.