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Oklahoma House District 23

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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  • Terry O'Donnell
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    Susan Carle Young
    (Dem)

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Campaign Address PO BOX 1028
CATOOSA, OK 74015
Education Bachelor's Degree in Nursing Master of Social Work
Professional Experience Nurse and social worker in intensive care, public health, discharge planning, and community mental health
Campaign Email susan@susancarleyoung.com
Campaign Phone (918) 625-8977
Twitter @Susan4OKHD23
Volunteer Service Membership on various boards including Tulsa's Kendall-Whittier neighborhood organization and Lutheran Social Service of Kansas and Oklahoma (board president for two years). Member of Tulsa CASA board from 2010-2012, currently board member of CASA of Northeast Oklahoma since 2014 (board president for two terms). Have served as a community volunteer with The Parent Child Center of Tulsa, Children’s Day Nursery, and Junior League of Tulsa. Past member of Hispanic Resource Association, East Side Prevention Coalition, and Tulsa Fetal-Infant Mortality Review Board. Former board member and Tulsa manager of Oklahoma Food Co-op. Volunteer at St. Cecilia Catholic Church Food Pantry 2014-2019. Member of Claremore daytime chapter of PEO International 2013-present (recording secretary 2017-2019, president 2019-2020). Board member of Tulsa Opera. Board member of LOOK Musical Theatre 2012-15, president 2013-15. Director of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Tulsa District, 2012-2019, assistant director 2010-2012. Member of Stanley Rother Catholic Worker group, Tulsa, 2013-present. Choir member at St. Cecilia Catholic Church, Claremore, 2012-2018. Choir member at Church of St. Mary, Tulsa, 2019-present. Democratic Chair of Tulsa County Precinct 61, 2003-2004; chair of Tulsa County Democratic Convention resolutions committee 2003; Democratic Chair of Rogers County Precinct 110, 2017-present; chair of Rogers County Democratic Party, 2019-present.
I decided to run for public office because I believe that I have the skills and knowledge to help craft a better future for Oklahoma, and because I believe that women need to be better-represented at all levels of state government.

My top legislative priorities are: 1) health care, in particular, making sure that the upcoming Medicaid expansion is funded adequately and fairly, and 2) education, specifically raising teacher salaries and improving the COVID19 response and distance learning options in public K-12 and higher education facilities.

I am also interested in restructuring the tax code in ways that will ease the tax burden on middle-and lower-income families.
I am a native of this area and I am passionately committed to making sure that the citizens of House District 23 have access to affordable, high-quality health care, good schools, and jobs that pay a living wage. I have the experience, knowledge, and communications skills to do an outstanding job of representing District 23 in the Oklahoma Legislature.