Marlena Nobles

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

I will support programs such as WIC for needy families, and foster programs in teaching children how to grow gardens and healthy food alternatives. I will encourage programs teaching children about hunting and fishing and living outdoors to promote healthy lifestyles and healthy food choices.

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

I have volunteered to teach small children in Sunday School, and have taken my great nephew out to a gun range and taught him the safety basics in hunting and shooting and about the safe handling of firearms. I have grown a garden with children in the neighborhood teaching them how to plant a garden and what we need to do to grow our own healthy food.

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

One of the first things I would do is decriminalize the use and consumption of cannabis so that less parents are incarcerated for a crime that should not have ever been criminal. This war on drugs is a farce, and too many parents that are decent people have been made into criminals because of something that has legal medical uses. Families have been destroyed, homes have been broken, and children have suffered because one or both parents were incarcerated for no good reason. Our prisons are over flowing with men and women who have been made criminals by our government for no good reason. We can best help the children here in Oklahoma by bringing their mothers and dads back to the family and removing the criminal stigma from their lives.

 

Shannan Tucker

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

Championing laws that support education are vital to better the lives of Oklahoma’s children. I will fight for education funding and teacher and support staff pay raises to bring Oklahoma up to where it should be–at the top. For impoverished areas, vocabulary acquisition in the early years is vital. I would support programs and/or initiatives that address this. As Oklahoma is 51st in the nation for feeding its children in summer food programs, I will support efforts to improve this.

Making sure all children have adequate support and medical care is also essential. Children also need access to quality mental health and counseling. Young children are especially vulnerable, so part of supporting children includes supporting parents and families. Childhood obesity is another issue that needs to be addressed in our state.

I will champion policies that address the issue of domestic violence to protect and assist victims and their children. Children in custody battles should have a guardian ad litem to represent the best interests of the children, but this is often an added financial burden. I will support efforts to make this the standard in Oklahoma custody matters. We need to support our single mothers more.

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

I have been an advocate for children even before I had my own. I taught Sunday school classes and VBS. As a young mother, I was involved in mothers’ support groups like Mom’s Day Out and MOPs. I volunteered at schools and was active in PTA.

As a lawyer, I represented many children in deprived actions. I made home visits and thoroughly investigated all avenues. I argued and won a termination of parental rights case before the Wyoming Supreme Court.

For the past ten years, I have been teaching high school. I have fought for education funding and will continue to do so.

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

The Earned Income Credit needs to be restored to assist low income families. Oklahoma’s children are the state’s future. We must consider them and make sure we are providing for their needs. Criminal justice reform must be a priority because of the impact it has on families and children.