Mike Hunter

What ideas do you have to better the lives of Oklahoma’s children? 

The attorney general’s office has a zero-tolerance policy regarding crimes against children. We must continue to work with state and federal law enforcement agencies to shut down child predators and put them behind bars. We must also continue to fight against opioid abuse in the state.

What have you done to support children prior to this election? 

The Oklahoma Commission on Opioid Abuse had 31 recommendations to help combat the opioid epidemic in Oklahoma. One of the seven recommendations that required legislative action is a bill commonly known as the Good Samaritan Law. The Good Samaritan Law allows for witnesses of a drug overdose to call the authorities without risk of punishment.

What will you do to support families in your new role, if elected?

Our state is seeing more and more substance impacted children, who go into withdrawals the moment they are born. The Oklahoma Commission on Opioid Abuse plans to take a harder look at getting more resources to soon-to-be mothers, as well as more treatment options for others who are already addicted.

 

Mark Myles

What ideas do you have to better the lives of Oklahoma’s children?

The Attorney General job is not a legislative job, rather one where policy impacts the citizenry. The Office’s mission is to enforce the rule of law and uphold the constitutions, but also to protect public safety. To the extent that the AG can be an advocate, I am willing to advocate for better policies to help enrich the lives of children. If I can advocate for better policies allowing the state to redirect funds formerly sent to the Department of Corrections to the Department of Education, as an example, then we can better enrich lives of children through better educational experiences. We know that children of people who are sent to prison generally do not do as well in many areas of life as a consequence. I will advocate for smarter policies under the banner of criminal justice reform to reduce the incarceration rates, where appropriate, in order to allow for better and less disruptive family dynamics. It also stands to reason that safer environments are better environments for children, and I will advocate and support measures to improve the level of safety with regards to common sense gun safety measures.

What have you done to support children prior to this election? 

As an attorney, I have represented children in many matters before the court, whether in juvenile court or guardianship matters. As a parent I have supported my children throughout their lives, making sure they had rich experiences growing up. One was an accomplished dancer and one was an accomplished cellist. Both of them continued in higher education. One has graduated from Oklahoma State University and the other is a junior at the University of Chicago. I have also taught students through the Junior Achievement program. Junior Achievement is a program that exposes children to the principles of economics and free enterprise and I have voluntarily taught the program to both inner city and suburban youths.

What will you do to support families in your new role, if elected?

I will continue to advocate for criminal justice reform, gun safety measures, and introduce a program to educate children about the difference paths they can take to stay and out trouble and contrast that with the things that can happen if their lives go astray.