What ideas do you have to better the lives of Oklahoma’s children?
Dramatically increasing funding for education (including child nutrition and counseling services), child welfare and advocacy services, and other programs that protect kids and give them a fair shot at a bright future. I’m also interested in working to eliminate Oklahoma’s vast food deserts so children no longer have to subsist on chips and fast food.
What have you done to support children prior to this election?
I’ve been an informal science educator for about 6 years now. My lifelong passion is to help kids get excited about science and math and to encourage them to pursue a career in the STEM fields. Science and mathematics supply kids with the tools and the confidence to tackle real life problems.
Before this I was heavily involved in charitable efforts to make kids happy. For example, I organized a giant Easter Egg hunt and a Christmas Present giveaway (with a big, fat Santa included) for the Laura Dester Shelter. If I could make a bunch of kids smile, I called it a win. Now I focus on making them smile with science.
What will you do to support families in your new role, if elected?
I am very focused on criminal justice reform. When we lock up mothers at the rate we do, when we tear families apart like we do, it seriously matters. We see the after effects of these practices in our high rates of crime and teen pregnency and relatively low rates of graduation.