Ronny Johns

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

We must properly fund public education, all of our state agencies (which most directly affect children) and ensure safety as one of the top priorities in our schools.

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

I have passionately spent 32 years in public education, teaching, coaching, as a Vice Principal, and as a Principal.

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

Work to properly fund public education and all of our state agencies.

 

Daniel Manuel

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

To best serve our children requires a cultural shift in how we value our children. All children are valuable. We prove this when we provide love, a safe environment, quality nutrition, quality healthcare, and a proper education. I will support programs and legislation that are consistent with these necessities. I will support fully funding our core services that are critical to providing this. I will promote and support legislation that eases burdens on families that want to foster and/or adopt. Accountability is important, and we must ensure that foster and adoptive homes are safe, but the current challenges many family face are discouraging and prevent many others from even attempting to help. To invest in our children is our absolute best investment in our future.

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

I have done a great deal to help children my entire life.  As an adopted child, I’ve always had the desire to give back.  For several years I’ve helped organize, promote, and host an obstacle course race called the Orphan Love Mud Run.  The OLMR is put on by the It’s A Child’s Life Foundation. I’ve been on the board of directors since 2015.  Since the OLMR began in 2012, over $100,000 has been distributed to adopting families and other charities that help vulnerable children.  In addition to the OLMR, we also host the A Mile In Their Shoes Foster Care Awareness Walk.  The AMITS is a local event that raises awareness for fostering, fostering needs, and also brings in much needed supplies to help children and families that help children.  My wife Janel is an early childhood teacher at Homer Elementary.  We often spend several hundred dollars every year to provide clothes, backpacks, and supplies for students in need.  I serve on our local Ada House of Hope Pregnancy Care Center Board of Directors.  I’ve been a volunteer Alzheimer’s Walk.  After competing on American Ninja Warrior to raise awareness for adoption and fostering, I have had many opportunities to speak to families and children to encourage and motivate them.  I’ve provided obstacle courses on numerous occasions for children to help encourage a healthy and active lifestyle.  

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

I will definitely support restoration of the Earned Income Tax Credit. Adequately funding programs that help children will be a priority. Criminal justice reform that helps our citizens instead of sticking them in an endless cycle is critical to the financial and social health of our state. We need more rehabilitation, more education, and less incarceration. I will also support families by supporting our public schools. Adequate support of our public schools will allow them to provide better chances for diverse learning opportunities and before and after school programs that make it easier on all families regardless of the dynamic. I’ve had many conversations with families that have fostered and heard their frustrations with lack of help. If I understand correctly, caseworkers are often drastically overloaded. I believe a 24 hour dispatch center could be a tremendous resource for families and caseworkers. Many issues that families have could be resolved by a properly trained dispatcher and may not even require the assistance of the caseworker. This could provide much faster assistance for families and reduce burnout for overworked caseworkers. I would be very happy to go into much greater detail on all of these points.

 

Gary Rhynes

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

better protection by dhs, better awareness to the public to see needs

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

local COSA

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

Work with dhs to aide children with needs