Pandemic Response and Recovery
Many Oklahomans are working and coping well, but the Oklahoma Standard tells us not to leave people behind. Leaders like Senator Greg Treat have left Oklahomans behind. Our legislature must act now to support small businesses, get kids back to school safely, and prepare us to face what’s next and avoid disastrous impacts to our safety, health, and economy like we’ve seen this year.
Oklahoma ranks 46th in the country in K-12 Achievement. As the legislature chips away at public school funding, Oklahoma's kids fall further behind. Our colleges and universities haven't escaped the legislature's slashing either having lost 40% of their
funding over the last ten years. These schools have cut programs and increased class sizes while also raising tuition to cover the gap in state funding. The result is that middle class families struggle to pay for college costs, or students graduatewith debt burdens that diminish their prospects for home ownership or entrepreneurship. Ultimately, large corporations don't choose Oklahoma as a place to relocate because their employees don't want to send their students to Oklahoma's schools and our workforce is not prepared for the positions these companies need to fill. Andrea is an expert in educational technology. She is a Certified Learning Environment Architect. Andrea will bring a unique perspective on digital learning solutions, workforce readiness, and how we can help our state rise in both K-12 and higher education rankings. While funding may not cover all the gaps in Oklahoma's education system, we can't expect schools to do more with less for a decade.
Andrea believes that access to basic healthcare for all Oklahomans is a fundamental right. In 2014, Andrea's daughter was diagnosed with myocarditis, a potentially-life threatening heart condition. Her daughter spent four days in the pediatric ICU. Fortunately, she fully recovered, but without medical insurance, this illness would have financially devastated Andrea's family. Andrea knows the struggle to decide whether or not to take a sick child to the doctor when family finances are tight and will protect programs that provide healthcare to our most vulnerable. Our uninsured rate remains too high, and many Oklahomans must choose between the care they need and paying for the basics, like their rent or electric bills. Politicians at the Capitol don't seem to understand the daily risks people take as they delay doctors visits or stretch their
medications to save money. Andrea's mother-in-law is a ten-year cancer survivor who relies on Medicaid to afford the medications that keep her alive. As politicians cut programs that serve the least among us, real people don't get the treatment they need. Andrea believes all families deserve medical treatment without the risks of medical bankruptcy.
Andrea is a gun owner who grew up in a family of hunters and fishermen. Andrea believes we can increase public safety through evidence-based, common sense measures while ensuring responsible gun owners’ rights are respected. Andrea supports background checks for every gun purchase, giving families legal methods to remove guns from loved ones in crisis, and disarming domestic abusers. As a mom, Andrea has received the texts from her child inside a school on lockdown that cause a parent to hold their breath and hope there isn’t really a shooter on campus. Andrea pledges to work diligently to make our schools safer from gun violence. She will listen to school safety experts, public health authorities, and gun violence prevention groups instead of rubber-stamping legislation written by the gun lobby.
Andrea believes in the research showing marijuana's benefits for a variety of conditions and proudly voted "Yes" on State Question 788. She fully supports the medical marijuana program in Oklahoma. While this program isn't perfect, it has offered relief to many Oklahomans and opportunities to entrepreneurs across the state. The program has brought much-needed revenue into the state. Marijuana allows patients to forego other drugs, including opiates. Recently her opponent failed to override a veto of HB 3228, which would have made important reforms to Oklahoma's medical marijuana program. This decision was in Senator Treat's hands and he said no. This bill was supported by industry, patients, regulators, and a broad, bipartisan group of legislators. Now entrepreneurs risk losing their businesses, patients won't benefit from stricter product-testing and privacy requirements, and our State won't see additional revenue from temporary licenses granted to out-of-state patients. Andrea supports medical marijuana and wants to continue the economic and health benefits Oklahoma has seen since the people spoke and approved State Question 788.