Charles de Coune

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

The Oklahoma State Treasurer is a non-voting executive whose role is strictly financial. However, I will never hesitate to express to the governor and lawmakers my belief that funding public K-12 education and seeking alternatives to incarceration for mothers of young children are important first steps toward ensuring a strong economy in the long term. As “Chief Financial Officer” for the state, I will also make sure that our books are run transparently and efficiently. I will focus on improving our General Bond credit rating in an effort to reduce the state’s borrowing costs, and I will recommend for these cost savings to be used to assist in increasing public education funding. I will also negotiate a reduction in the Management Fees currently being charged on 529 College Savings Plans in an effort to help Oklahomans maximize their education savings.

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

I am a member of the Advisory Board, as well as former Chairman of the Board, of the Community Literacy Centers (CLC). The CLC provides free literacy education to adults throughout the Metro OKC area. As adults learn to read and write, they gain an ability to assist their children with homework and become stronger parents, leaders, and advocates for their loved ones. I was also the Chairman of the Consumer Credit Counseling Services of Central Oklahoma (CCCS) until it recently merged with GreenPath. The CCCS helped Oklahomans get “back on their feet” financially and taught them financial literacy skills that helped them, among other things, in balancing their budget. For parents, these learned skills translated directly into being able to provide for their children. Finally, I have been teaching Bible School to kids age 4 to 10 for several years.

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

As a husband and father of three children, I realize that parents and families are very busy! I will make sure that the Treasurer’s Office is available to working families by providing extended customer service hours. I will also provide flexible work hours to employees of the Treasurer’s Office.

As a non-voting executive, I will be unable to vote on any bills or policies, including those that affect families. However, I will remind our lawmakers that fiscal and social policies that provide the tools for our most vulnerable families to “pull themselves up by their bootstraps” will help our state thrive economically for generations to come.

 

Randy McDaniel

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

Children must be protected and encouraged. I will continue to be a voice for the betterment of children. In addition to health and safety issues, improving educational opportunities are critical.

The Treasurer serves as the board chair for the Oklahoma 529 College Savings Plan. This program is designed to encourage saving for college.

According to the Center for Social Development at Washington University, “Children with savings dedicated for college education are four times more likely to attend college.”

I have experience with 529s and will ensure best practices are maintained as the program and educational opportunities grow.

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

As a member of the legislature, I had a 100% on the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy 2018 scorecard. My support for criminal justice reform was a key part of this rating. I will continue to support efforts to be smart on crime, which will keep more families together and produce needed savings for rehabilitation programs. Moreover, I supported many other bills intended to help keep children safe, especially those in the custody of the state.

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

Many state treasurers are actively involved in financial literacy efforts. I co-authored and supported financial literacy initiatives while in the legislature and it remains a priority for me.

Financial literacy aims to provide the knowledge needed to make good fiscal decisions important to our daily lives. It offers information on personal finance issues that impact most families when trying to plan for retirement, a child’s education, or balancing a family budget while trying to provide the food and shelter necessary for the well-being of a family.

Unfortunately, many people have a limited understanding of personal finance. This has been a major reason for the myriad of fiscal problems, such as the lack of savings, facing families across the state and country. I will work to increase financial literacy in Oklahoma.