It is important that we all understand the problems, how we got here, and how we can fix it. As citizens of the state of Oklahoma it is our duty to resolve the problems that have been handed to us by our state legislature.
Quality education is a right, not a privilege
Elected officials should be held accountable for the budget issues
This campaign prioritizes rehabilitation over incarceration
We will fight against corporate influence in politics in Oklahoma
Public education is in a crisis as we see with the budget cuts, layoffs, and shortened school weeks statewide. These are not a result of lazy teachers or fiscal mismanagement by our school districts. These cuts are a direct result of the fiscal mismanagement and lack of economic foresight by the elected officials at the state Capitol. We need a change! As a public school teacher, Jacob has been on the frontlines of the war against teachers and public schools. He will fight vigorously to turn back the attacks made in the form of bills that support the privatization and deregulation of public education, and to ensure the education of our children is a priority every year.
Oklahoma is currently dealing with a nearly $900 million budget shortfall this year. This shortfall has caused disastrous cuts to vital state funded programs such as DHS, hospitals and nursing homes, and public education. Although this is partially caused by lower prices in the oil and gas energy sectors, the majority of this economic crisis can be traced back to a lack of foresight and outright ignorance by our elected leaders of the problem. These problems will not be fixed by one party, and Jacob is willing to work together with both parties to find a long-term and equitable solution to our budget issues.
Criminal Justice Reform
The idea that somebody could go to jail for possession of drug paraphernalia is ridiculous. We need to spend tax dollars on reformation, not retention. And it will be a priority of mine to get private business out of our prisons.
Fighting ALEC and Corporate Influence
This campaign promises to oppose ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council). This organization seeks to gain influence over our state government by sponsoring legislation supporting the following: Blocking environmental laws, privatizing public schools, destroying worker’s rights. The existence of ALEC and the current Oklahoma legislators who support it are one of the main reasons I decided to run for office. If elected, you will have a representative who will fight for environmental health, fight against privatization of schools and prisons, fight for worker’s rights, and who will fight against top down economic policies that only serve to widen the inequality gap in our district and our state.