Last Wednesday, the campaign journey began at 4:30 am to get up to the Capitol, file the Declaration of Candidacy, finish packing, then catch a 12:15 pm flight to D.C. Being surrounded by 430 like-minded candidates who each share the value of representing people, not big money, but come from all different walks of life was extremely humbling. An army veteran, a woman who found herself homeless with small children, a parent who lost a child due to lack of health access, those fortunate enough to come from political families, and those who were stepping in for the first time in their adult lives; 40% minority, 53% empowered women, 20% LGBT, immigrant people doing whatever it takes to protect their communities. A man with stage-4 cancer who dedicated his time and energy to us, so to encourage us to be bold in authenticity and speak our truths without shame, in order to best serve our communities. He understands that everyone should have the same standard of healthcare as he receives. It represents the United States and the ideal that we all want security and compassion to ourselves and others.
It is an arduous journey between now, the primary on June 26th, and the general on November 6th. Let’s create a prosperous environment for teachers so they will commit to Oklahoma, we must commit to them and to our students. Let us cultivate environmental consciousness, working to mitigate our carbon footprint, in order to maintain our quality of life in beautiful Oklahoma. We need clean water, air, and land to ensure environmental justice and a higher quality of life for all. We can work together on goals of equal treatment of all people in our schools, in our courts, and on the streets.
This is why I am asking for your vote on June 26th as State Representative of House District 53. Let’s organize our efforts! Become more involved; time, talent, and treasure are always appreciated. Thank you for taking the time to read this and get ready to change the direction of Oklahoma.