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

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!

Saturday, October 6, 2012

My Reward?

As I was visiting with people at their doors this week, a young lady asked me the question, "What is in this for you? Why would you want to do this?  What do you want to get from this?"  and she was talking about my running for this house of representatives' seat.  I was "taken aback".  This was a pretty good question and I had never considered it before.

What is in this for me?  I am not a politician.  I loved teaching.  I gave up something I loved to run for this office.

The answer I gave the young mom was "I am doing this because I am committed to public education and I had to do more than complain.  I had to try to make a difference and retiring to run was the next step I felt I had to take.

 What am I going to get from running?  I have been able to talk to members of my community about the worth of public education and the need to adequately fund it.  I have been able to "stand up" for children, which has always been my goal....for my children, for my grandchildren, for all children.

It's a good feeling to do, more than to complain, but that good feeling is an afterthought.

Adding my voice to others to make a difference in the educational opportunities for children in public schools, is the reason I am running.  And I will do it again if I do not win.  People who are trying to get rid of public education have to be defeated.  I will keep on trying.    Children are too important.