What ideas do you have to better the lives of Oklahoma’s children?
I will champion bringing the Adverse Childhood Experiences questionnaire into public schools to identify children living in toxic home environments and support adding programs to school curriculums to teach coping skills. This two-part program can diminish children’s susceptibility to future mental illness, substance abuse, and poor health and enable them to learn and become productive members of society.
What have you done to support children prior to this election?
This spring I served on the Ardmore City School’s bond election committee to build a state-of-the-art Performing Arts Center and to provide much-needed renovations to two elementary schools. Additionally, I brought the Carter County Democratic Party into the mix to register parents and high school seniors to vote during the months of February and March, organized after-hours phone banking sessions at the Chamber of Commerce headquarters, canvassed the Saturday prior to the April 4 election, and hosted a meet and greet in my home for those in my neighborhood to meet the school superintendent. The bond issue passed by approximately 73 percent. The Performing Arts Center will serve as the cornerstone for turning Ardmore High School into an arts magnet school, a move that will help re-energize the school district.
What will you do to support families in your new role, if elected?
I will champion the expansion of services to family’s whose children are disabled, raise the annual $9,500 income requirement so more children will qualify for Sooner Care, and restore the Earned Income Tax Credit if revenue increases.