What ideas do you have to better the lives of Oklahoma’s children?
As a member of the bi-partisan Early Childhood Legislative Caucus, I am a huge believer in reducing and ultimately eliminating adverse childhood experiences in young children. I aim to do this by helping to be a voice at the state level to provide adequate funding for the supports needed to help children who have dealt with ACEs. I also aim to be a bridge between the state and private partnerships, to help fund these initiatives.
I also believe that we should provide proper funding for our public schools, so that we can move from simple survival to creative innovation.
What have you done to support children prior to this election?
I have worked closely with the Potts Family Foundation to strengthen the bonds between private entities, the community, and legislators, in order to meet our goals of providing the necessary supports for our young children.
Before my election last September, I was a middle school/high school teacher in inner city Oklahoma City, so I’ve been on the frontlines of the battle to provide children proper resources.
What will you do to support families in your new role, if elected?
I will continue to be a conduit of communication between my constituents and the state in order to achieve our shared goals of providing supports for children of all walks of life.
I will re-run Lauren’s Law, which passed the House but got bogged down in the Senate due to a historical teacher walkout. This law would bring consent and healthy relationships education to help combat sexual assault amongst our young adults.
I will continue my push to restore the EITC.
I will continue to author and co-author legislation that helps bring a better quality of life to our youth.