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Oklahoma House District 11

The state of Oklahoma has 101 state House districts. Each district elects one representative. All 101 seats are up for election in 2020, with a primary to be held on June 30, a runoff (if necessary) on August 25 and the general election on November 3.The Oklahoma House of Representatives is the lower chamber of the Oklahoma State Legislature. Together with the Oklahoma State Senate, they form a legislative branch of the Oklahoma state government and work directly with the governor of Oklahoma to create laws and establish a state budget. The Oklahoma House of Representatives authority includes legislation on public policy matters, setting levels for state spending, raising and lowering taxes, and voting to uphold or override gubernatorial vetoes. Oklahoma state representatives serve two-year terms and are limited to a total of 12 years of cumulative service in the House and Senate. They are scheduled to receive a pay increase in November 2020, from $35,021 to $47,500 annually. When the legislature is in session, they also receive a $156 daily "per diem" allowance. Members of the House of Representatives must be twenty-one years of age at the time of their election. They must be qualified electors in their respective counties or districts and must live in those counties or districts during their term of office.

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    Emilie Tindle

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Education Homeschool - HS Diploma 05/2014 Tulsa Tech Completion - 05/2014 Highland Community College - 13 credits Oklahoma State University - Fall 2018-Present, BA History
Professional Experience Lee Schoeffler MD, Inc., student clinical rotation - Dec. 2013-May 2014 The EyeDoctors Optometrists, doctor's assistant - July 2014-June 2016 The LASIK Vision Institute, ophthalmic technician - June 2016-Dec. 2018 Plato's Closet BA, Staff/Shift Manager/Social Media Manager - Dec. 2018-Sept. 2019
Campaign Phone (918) 606-8646
Twitter @emilieforok
Volunteer Service American Therapeutic Riding Center, side walker volunteer - Summer 2012 Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum, & Boyhood Home, museum volunteer - July 2017-Oct. 2017
I am running for House District 11 for 3 reasons: competition, perspective, and communication. First, we have not had a general election here since 2004. Without competition and collaboration, people are easily ignored, recognized diversity of opinion is non-existent, and our district stagnates. I entered this race to both offer a choice to the district and to collaborate on new ideas. Second, many of our past representatives, through no fault of their own, have been demographically similar with little variation in lived experiences. As a young working woman, I have a different perspective that I believe better reflects the actual demographics of our district. Finally, through knocking doors and meeting with local leaders, I have found communication gaps where the next representative can improve their contact with local leaders, organizations, and the general public. I believe that competitive collaboration, diverse viewpoints, fresh ideas, and kind communication make us all stronger.
My priorities at the state level are key issues for Oklahoma. Public education, government reform, healthcare access, criminal justice reform, and economic recovery are Oklahoma's top needs and my primary concerns. Healthcare: * Pass necessary Medicaid expansion funding mechanisms * Lower & cap drug costs for life-saving medications like insulin * Support access to mental health care, counseling, & treatment Public Education: *Increase per-pupil funding to a competitive regional rate (and maintain this with every annual budget) *Reduce class sizes *Promote trauma-informed education *Pass elementary play-based education legislation Economic Recovery: * Restore local control over minimum wage laws * Expand our state tax base & economic diversity * Maintain access to technical training for Oklahoma industries * Prioritize worker protections with industry-specific methods, including predictable scheduling Criminal Justice Reform: *Increase diversion court access for non-violent offenses
I am a problem solver who wants to bring our House District together to engage in critical issues. Through each of my experiences, I have learned the importance of advocacy for all people, experienced the necessity of regular access to preventative healthcare, and seen firsthand the structural problems of our current systems. With my middle-class and working class backgrounds, I understand the need for good employer-employee relations and the necessity of fair negotiation in the workplace. As Oklahoma faces new challenges in 2020, I believe that innovation, economic diversity, and investment in our people are vital to Oklahoma’s present stability and future success. As a former healthcare worker, I know the importance of listening to people, meeting folks where they are at, and engaging them in solutions. Only by being frank about our differences and pursuing our common interests can we proceed. Building a better Oklahoma takes all of us engaging honestly and kindly.