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Looking For Change, Teachers Hit The Campaign Trail

You can normally find Shawn Sheehan teaching math and special education in Norman, Oklahoma, just south of Oklahoma City. But school’s out for the summer and instead, he’s knocking on doors.

One-by-one he’s asking voters in the state’s central Senate District 15 to cast their vote for him. He’s running unopposed in today’s primary as an Independent, and after the polls close he’ll know his Republican opponent.

Sheehan, 30, isn’t going at this alone. Nearly 40 other educators, a record number, are on today’s primary ballots in the state. Many of the teachers and principals running say they’re fed up with state politics after constantly rallying for more funding, and fighting off policies they say don’t work well in the classroom.