What ideas do you have to better the lives of Oklahoma’s children?
Fight to FULLY and properly fund our education system in order to ensure that every child has a fair shot at the American dream. Additionally, I would fight for better access to healthcare, specifically mental health care, for both children and parents. Increased funding for mental health treatment would ensure that children are in safer and more stable home environments, and are in a better position to achieve more.
What have you done to support children prior to this election?
As a practicing attorney, I work on behalf of children every day to ensure that they are in the safest and most stable home environment possible. Whether it is working with DHS, other attorneys, or judges, the well-being of the children involved in any given situation is always at the forefront of my mind.
Additionally, I am a Board member of the Okmulgee Education Foundation, which provides numerous grants to teachers and scholarships to students. We also allocate funding for other extracurricular activities, such as sending groups of students to the Tulsa PAC to attend plays.
What will you do to support families in your new role, if elected?
In addition to education and mental health, mentioned in paragraph one, I would also fight for investments in infrastructure to ensure that Oklahoma is a real competitor for 21st century economic development, thus ensuring more good paying jobs for Oklahoma’s working families. In the long run, this would vastly improve the quality of life for Oklahoma’s families. I would also fight to restore the EITC, ensuring that Oklahoma’s working families get to keep more of the money that they earn.
As an attorney, Criminal justice reform is an area in which I could bring unique experience. My profession has given me insight into the problems that many Oklahoma families face every day. Because of this, I would help fight for policies and funding for programs that provide help to Oklahoma families in crisis, rather than simply incarcerating parents.