Why do I care?

Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, United States
I have worked with children and in public schools for 41 years. I am committed to do everything I can do to help every child have an excellent public school education. I am also committed to the common good of the people of Oklahoma

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Am I Qualified?

Who am I?  Am I qualified to be a State Representative?

I am a regular person.  

  • I am a daughter of two exemplary parents who live in an independent living center in Tulsa.
  • I am a wife of a retired government teacher/football coach who continues to coach high school football, this year at Pryor, where he drives daily.
  • I am a mother of two extraordinary daughters.  
    • The older lives in Austin where she just received her PhD in Diverse Religions of North America.  She is an adjunct professor at a seminary in Austin and one in California.
      • She is married to a CTO of an online firm in Austin
      • She is  the mother of two of my precious grandchildren;  a third grade son and a Kindergarten daughter
    • The younger lives in Tulsa and is a reading specialist for Owasso Public Schools.
      • She is married to Owasso's 7th grade Center's vocal music teacher, who also is a paid vocalist at St. John Episcopal Church in Tulsa
      • She is the mother of my other two grandchildren who attend Owasso schools, a second grader son and a Pre-K son.
  • I am a retired teacher with 39 years of regular classroom experience and 2 more years        of reading tutoring and subbing.
  • I am a CASA volunteer (Court Appointed Child Advocate), where I represent children        in court who have been removed from their homes by DHS.
  • I am a life long learner.  I earned two M ED degrees.   I belong to a book club.  I read as       much as I can.
  •  I CARE!   If I think that something is unfair, I look for ways to solve problems.   I can't       just sit and complain!

  • I am NOT a politician!   I am not looking to further a career, to gain power, to smooze,          to rise in the ranks, etc.  I am just a plain old person who is willing to step up when        injustices happen to people.   The past legislatures have heaped injustice on                      children, my legislator included.   
  • My issues are not political party issues, they are for all people who care about children.
  • I say ENOUGH!
  • I am running for HD 76.
  • I am qualified because I CARE!

Sunday, April 20, 2014


I have seen signs around Broken Arrow for my opponent. Taking a deep breath, I have decided not to focus on his advertising.  Last time around we bought signs and tried to put them wherever his were and were constantly disappointed when ours disappeared.   This time, we are not going to focus on competition, but on his record and our hopes.

The largest employers in HD76 are public schools.   Brumbaugh has done nothing to help, but has harmed.  He authored an income tax cut bill, which would cut public school funding and would ignore all the cuts that have gone before.  Only the upper 1% would receive noticeable returns.  Tax cut legislators say that this will bring more money into the state, but they weren't legislators when this insanity began.  Oklahoma has had over a billion dollars cut from income taxes in the last  eight years....and every year those who pass the cuts say that more money will come to the state.  It hasn't and public services have being savaged by the cuts.

He voted for horse slaughter.

He authored and voted for a bill which would not allow municipalities to set their own pay scales.

He has the Koch brothers' bible, the ALEC book of laws, right on his desk to keep introducing legislation written from afar to hurt mainstream Oklahomans, such as voucher and charter school laws which would dismantle public education even more.

He does not have the best interests of children or the middle class in his sight.

It's time to put a teacher in the legislature.
- We want to actively dismantle tax exemptions for the few and put that money back into the state coffers where:

  • -Education funding would be restored to that of 2008.  
  • -We would invest in children who are hurting in dysfunctional families with more services to wrap around      those families to bring them up, instead of tearing them down.
  • -We would  pay prison guards more than Quik Trip employees.
  • -We  would pay our bills for public services before cutting taxes.  
  • -We would invest in more mental health services to get the mentally ill out of the prison system. 
  • - We want to invest in drug treatment programs to get people back on their feet to be functioning citizens

  • We also want public employees to have their retirement systems in tact without ALEC legislation to try to destroy them.
  • -We want to let towns and municipalities make their own decisions about their employees' pay and benefits.  
  •  We want to be a shining star state instead of one which lags at the bottom of comparison lists for supporting its citizens.

-We want to lift our citizens up to stand and thereby lift others up until we are all standing tall as a state.

                    Its time to put a teacher who cares in the legislature.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Here We Go!

Here we go!   Two years have passed.  My legislator has done nothing to help public schools, but instead has turned his back on them by authoring a bill to cut income taxes, even more.  We can't stand by and just complain.   So I am running again for HD 76!