Amanda Jeffers

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

As an educator, my primary focus is to improve the resources available to teachers and students in the classroom. I’d like to restore and increase state funding for education, in order to ensure that students have access to diverse courses, smaller classroom sizes, textbooks and technology, safe campuses, and quality arts programs. In addition, I’d like to increase funding for mental health resources available, not only for students in schools, but also for their parents/guardians. The best way to improve the lives of children beyond the classroom, is to make sure they have stable, loving homes. Increasing the minimum wage, prison reform, and increased funding for drug and alcohol rehabilitation are just some of the things I support that will help out Oklahoma families, and Oklahoma children specifically.

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

As a teacher, I have worked daily to improve the lives of my students. Staying after school to help students, working with families to support student growth, and attending extracurricular events are things I, as well as many teachers, do beyond the classroom to help our students succeed. As a member of the OEA, participating in the recent teacher walkout allowed me to demonstrate to students the importance of civic engagement, which I have also done as a precinct chair for the Cleveland County Democratic Party.

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

As a parent myself, I understand the challenges families face today. As a legislator, I will work hard to improve the quality of life for children in the State of Oklahoma. I support increasing the minimum wage and restoring the Earned Income Tax Credit to help ensure parents and guardians have the financial resources they need. In addition, I will work against tax increases that place an unnecessary tax burden on working class families. Instead, I’d like to increase state revenue by reversing irresponsible tax cuts for corporations and top tier earners. I will support criminal justice reform to keep families together by focusing on rehabilitation over incarceration. I will also work to make sure that families and children with special needs have better and more timely access to the services they need. I will also work to make sure that families looking to adopt and foster children in this state will not be discriminated against, but will instead be evaluated on their abilities to provide safe, nurturing home environments.

 

Chris Kannady

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

Education and healthcare are the cornerstones of supporting our youth. We need to ensure we maximize our dollars to the classroom and support our teachers through those efforts. 6 out of 10 kids are on medicaid. We need to ensure we keep our kids healthy so that they can, with a solid education, become productive members of society to help the next generation.

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

I have voted to support and fund all areas of state government that focus on our children.

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

I will continue to support our families in the same way I have since being elected. I have two young children in public schools, so I understand the importance of taking care of our youth.