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2017 Special Election for Oklahoma House District 76

A special election was called by Governor Mary Fallin to fill the seat left vacant by the sudden death of Rep. David Brumbaugh. The district is bounded mostly by Albany (61st Street) and New Orleans (101st) streets and Garnett Road and Elm Place (161st E. Avenue). The primary will be held on August 8, 2017. Winners will meet in a general election on November 14, 2017. Chris VanLandingham (D) and Ross Ford (R) won the primary race on August 8, 2017 and will advance to the general election on November 14, 2017.
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    Chris VanLandingham (Dem) Cascia Hall Social Studies faculty: AP US History; AP US Government and Politics; World History

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Given the recent problems with budget gaps and budget failure in Oklahoma, what changes do you advocate for Oklahoma fiscal policy?

What specific legislative proposals will you support to insure that the state carries out its constitutional requirement to provide public education for all Oklahoma children?

What policies would you support to lower the incarceration rate in Oklahoma?

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Address 1828 S. Umbrella Ct. Broken Arrow, OK 74012
Education BA, Oral Roberts University MA, Oral Roberts University PhD, University of Iowa
Professional Experience I have never held elective office. My entire professional life has been devoted to teaching, either at the college or high school level.
Community Organizations in which you participate I am a volunteer coach at Tulsa Judo Club, a non-profit 501(c)3 educational organization. I am also a national referee for USA Judo.
Campaign Phone (918) 521-2163
I will propose a series spending reductions and tax changes. Spending reductions include amending the state constitution to replace the bicameral legislature with a unicameral legislature, reducing salaries of state congressional members to 50% of the average public school teacher, eliminating state militia spending, J.M. Davis Memorial and Will Rogers Museum Commissions, the Lieutenant Governor, and the Oklahoma Incentive Evaluation Commission. Implementing State Question 780 will save Oklahoma taxpayers several million dollars per year. Yet Oklahoma should go a step further: I propose legalizing marijuana, which will result in even greater savings. On revenue, I propose abolishing taxes on groceries, reducing state sales tax by 33% (that is, one penny), increasing motor fuel taxes, and then returning to income tax rates applicable in 2007. This includes increasing gross production taxes to 2007 level, where Oklahoma was on par with many other oil and gas producing states. I also propose eliminating the Horizontal Wells Gross Production Tax Credit (about $400 million per year) and taxpayer funded incentives for businesses to relocate in Oklahoma.
I propose that Oklahoma restore all funding cuts enacted over the past 30 years or so, match Texas salary schedule for teachers while maintaining current administration costs, provide tuition-free public colleges and universities, and mandate that school districts receiving common education funding must utilize a 5-day school week.
About one-half of non-violent prisoners in Oklahoma are serving time for drug possession or distribution. Legalizing marijuana will lower the incarceration rate. Let us move from treating drug abuse as a criminal issue to treating it instead as a health issue. I would prefer focusing on the mental health and economic issues that so often lead to drug abuse. Speaking with prisoners incarcerated on drug distribution charges, the problem was always described as economic. Not possess the skills to earn a middle class income, they resorted to selling drugs to make ends meet. While not proud of their past, they simply did not to be poor. For this reason, Oklahoma must restore all funding cuts to common and higher education. Moreover, our colleges and universities should be tuition free. One hundred years ago, one needed only a high school education, provided tuition free, to earn a decent living. Today, one needs an education beyond high school to do the same. And while Oklahomans are pursuing their educations, they need a higher minimum wage to live on, something around $10.75, which would place the minimum wage around the average ratio of minimum wage to average wage (41%) over the past 50 years.

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