William Andrews

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

The first thing we should do is undo Mary Fallin’s disastrous decision to reject the federal Medicaid expansion. Second, we should implement criminal justice reform to undo much of the damage that has been done to Oklahoma families. Thousands of our fellow Oklahomans have been sentenced to lengthy prison sentences for nonviolent offenses and that has destroyed families. Third, we should properly fund education, including properly funding after-school programs and art and music programs that provide lifelong benefits to children.

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

My family has collected toys and essentials to help provide the YWCA domestic women’s violence shelter at 39th and May with things to make the lives of Oklahoma’s must vulnerable children a little less frightening. We have also volunteered at the Regional Food Bank to assemble backpack kits that provide food for children who would otherwise go hungry.

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

I would work to ensure that Oklahoma families have access to quality, affordable healthcare. I would work to raise the minimum wage in Oklahoma to a level that would allow parents to provide for their families. I would work to institute criminal justice reform that allows non-violent offenders to pay their debt to society but also remain functional members of their communities and provide for their families. I would work to ensure that schools have adequate resources to prepare children for the future. And I would work to ensure that domestic abusers do not have access to deadly firearms.

 

Stephanie Bice

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

Oklahoma leads the nation for female incarceration, in addition to being at the top of the list for domestic violence incidents. We must do a better job of strengthening families so children are raised in a stable and healthy environment.

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

This last session, I sponsored Senate Bill 1081, which created the “Children’s Trust Fund of Oklahoma”, administered by OCCY, to allow private entities to donate funds in order to expand or test new programming aimed at improving the lives of children. This bill passed and was signed into law by Governor Fallin on May 7, 2018.

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

I will continue to look for opportunities to support programs that improve education outcomes for those most vulnerable children, focus on additional reforms our criminal justice laws, and support rehabilitation of women – many of whom are mothers – facing incarceration for non-violent crimes. Oklahoma has the highest incarceration rates of women of any state in the U.S., and we are at or near the top for domestic violence and this cannot continue. For the future of our children, we must address these issues head on, and immediately. The future of Oklahomas children depends on it.