Garry Mize

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

First and foremost I believe we have to get the education piece right. I would hope for each child to have an equal opportunity to both learn and feel safe in their respective learning environments. I plan to push these agendas and see meaningful and sustainable change in these areas. I would also like to see the needle raised for accountability in the home and I believe this is at least started by speaking up. There needs to be a voice challenging parents of all children to be doing their best to provide the best environment they can for children in their community and home.

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

Most recently I have been coaching little league baseball. This has shown me that not only do we have an opportunity to teach them how to play a sport, but to also be a positive role model in these young boys lives. I have also been involved in a regular meeting at a local public school that meets for lunch and invests time in the lives of young men. We have had the opportunity to teach them community responsibility, respect for themselves and others and more simple skills such as how to tie a necktie.

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

I believe most important as a legislator, my first responsibility is to the budget. Properly funding services needed to support the family is a priority of mine. Regardless of policy, if it makes sense, can be properly budgeted for and funded, and is reflective of the voice of my district, I hope and plan to support these.