LaVelle Compton

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

The children of Oklahoma have big dreams, but unfortunately most never can see those dreams because of the policies and culture of this state. If I am elected, I will make it my job to break the school to prison pipeline. Mass incarceration does not only impact the adults that go to prison, but it has a direct impact on children that are now left without critical family members. With the highest incarceration rates in the world, Oklahoma has a lot of work to do in this area. Secondly, we need healthy kids! We must have an adequate healthcare system to make sure our kids don’t miss out on school, and can live their best lives. Lastly, we need to sustainably fund education. Education has been a large topic for most candidates, but it means the most to our children. In order to be equipped to be successful in the world they don’t just need the basic level of education, they deserve the best.

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

I have dedicated my life to service. There is no greater impact to the community than allowing yourself to be a servant of those in need. As a younger adult, I lived in the NE area of Oklahoma City where I was able to participate in several tutoring and life skills program in several neighborhoods. As a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., I have helped to coordinate Oklahoma City’s Alpha Boys Institute. This program helps young men in Oklahoma learn the skills necessary to live an impactful life.

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

The first thing I will do is support the restoration of the Earned Income Tax Credit. I will also push for criminal justice reform. This is more than just the idea of reduced sentences, it also means that our state must work harder to help reformed criminals re-enter society and be successful. Our legislation leans far too often towards the wealthy and super wealthy while the families of Oklahoma are left on the outside. I have made it a point to speak about “representation” and how important it is. Representation is so much more than race or gender – it is directly correlated to values, circumstance, and desire for change. I have been out in the neighborhoods in my district, as well as those outside of it, and one thing remains the same – the families deserve a representative that has their best interests in mind.

 

Jon Echols

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

Oklahoma must reinvest in preventative programs like Parents Promise. We may even consider moving it’s funding away from the Health Department. Programs like these reach to a family level to provide the care and support necessary to improve the lives of Oklahoma’s children. We must also continue down the path of funding programs that will give the legislature evidenced based data to help families. As Floor Leader I was able to help start that process last year but we must continue.

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

I served as a volunteer for Oklahoma Lawyers for Children. I also serve on the board of City Rescue Mission. And as Floor Leader i have worked closely with organizations like OICA to push policies beneficial for Oklahoma Children and Families.

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

We must continue down the path of criminal justice reform. As revenues improve we should also look at a partial or full restoration of the EITC.