Julie on the Issues
Public education in Oklahoma is struggling. From funding for the classroom's basic supplies to teacher shortages, our state's schools are hurting, and so are our communities. Students have textbooks that are falling apart. Schools don’t have enough money to keep the lights on 5 days a week. It's time for us take care of our kids. We need fresh ideas at the state capitol, and educating our future must be a priority for a stronger Oklahoma.
A strong economy is one that is based on strong education, because it supports a healthy workforce. Our state economy has to recover, and simply changing the way we bring in state revenue is not enough. It's complicated, but that excuse is overused by our current leaders. The tax system in Oklahoma is convoluted, and the methods we have tried for the past 8 years have not worked for our state. The evidence of that is continued budget shortfalls. We need to get a grip on sustainable sources of income for the state. We need to bring people together to bring in the money that will improve our education, workforce, our healthcare system and more. We can tax smarter. We can audit better. We can fix this hole that Oklahoma is in.
Healthcare in America leaves a lot to be desired. From wait times to costs, we definitely have a lot of room to grow here in Oklahoma. I believe in market-based solutions, and I also believe every citizen should have access to the best care. I also believe the state needs to have a serious conversation to improve access to mental health services, and increase options for special-needs children.
It is becoming increasingly more difficult to have transparency in government. Legislators are failing to act, and we are left in the dark on their thoughts and actions. We need to let the people know what is going on in Oklahoma. It's time we open our doors as we talk and walk across the aisle. Together we can make a stronger Oklahoma because your feedback is critical to our success. A strong economy means cleaning up waste, but how can we fix it if we don't find it first? We need to get back to serving the people. During the teacher walkout, we heard a lot about the need to audit education, but why not take a closer look at every agency?
From Principal to Politician
Okay, who am I kidding? I'm not a politician. I'm an educator and small business owner. For nearly 25 years, I've found myself either in the classroom working with students or working as an administrator. I am currently an assistant principal at Capitol Hill High School, and I've also worked as a school counselor and special education teacher. I have a Masters of Education in special education, educational guidance and counseling, and educational administration. In my small business, I sell healthy coffee called revitalu/jroach. I have built a team over 180 strong.
I have four adult children and six grandchildren all under the age of 12. I am running, because it is important to me that they have a strong Oklahoma to grow up in. I hope they have access to a world-class education, affordable healthcare, and when they graduate college, they can find a job that allows them to start families of their own.
What does it mean to be a servant leader?
I'll be honest. I was discouraged during the teacher walkout. Sometimes, it appeared the politicians weren't listening to people as much as they were listening to big industries. While it is important to support businesses in Oklahoma, I think it is even more important to represent the citizens of District 100. I believe servant leadership is the best way to have a stronger Oklahoma. Servant leaders listen to their constituents, they take time to learn about important and complex issues in the state, they are good stewards of the state's resources, they build up their communities, and they do their best to be trustworthy. As an assistant principal, I have a unique perspective when it comes to solving our education funding issues in the state, and I hope to have meaningful conversations with other lawmakers and citizens in our district. Above all, I plan on giving 100% for Oklahoma House District 100.
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House District 100
As our team continues to work hard on the campaign, we're pleased when organizations doing great work in the state choose to endorse the campaign.
On behalf of the Oklahoma Medical Political Action Committee (OMPAC), I have the great pleasure to offer our formal endorsement in your campaign for the Oklahoma House of Representatives.
OMPAC exists to support medicine-friendly candidates who work to improve health care in Oklahoma. We are extremely grateful for your support of Oklahoma patients and the physicians who care for them.
There has never been a time when more was at stake for the future of health care. We truly appreciate your efforts to make Oklahoma a state of health.
Sincerely, Woody Jenkins, MD President, OMPAC