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Oklahoma House District 28

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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    Yasminda Choate
    (Dem)

  • Danny Williams
    (Rep)

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Education A.B.D. Higher Education Administration; University of OK M.S. English; Texas A&M University-Commerce, TX B.A. English; East Central University, Ada, OK
Professional Experience 2012- present: Seminole State College--Professor of English 2010-2012: Central Oklahoma Family Medical Center--Grant Writer 2007-2011: Grayson County College--Grant Writer-Development Specialist
Campaign Email ymchoate@gmail.com
Campaign Phone (580) 320-0355
I am deeply committed to issues facing the rural residents of our state—education, access to quality healthcare, rural internet services, and buoying rural economies by diversifying business opportunities. Specifically, I am a mother whose teenage child participates in our local rural public school system. I am a professor at Seminole State College, a two-year institution that is critical to our community. I am currently completing a dissertation in Higher Education Administration through the University of Oklahoma. My research seeks to better understand how higher education policy can benefit incarcerated women in the state. I am the daughter of a small business owner and a healthcare professional. I own a poultry farm and work with my family’s small cattle herd.
My legislative priorities concern educational opportunities for people here in our district. It's critical that we understand how education connects to economic wellness. This district includes public schools, a charter school, vocational education, and higher education. We must fully fund these public educational entities to ensure a well-prepared workforce to develop business and industry in the district. Furthermore, it is critical that we address needs like transportation, rural broadband, and appropriate housing to ensure that people are well enough to pursue education and well-paying jobs in industries like healthcare and manufacturing. We must look at legislation holistically to ensure that we are considering how intricately connected so many of these issues are with one another.
Anyone who reviews my resume can see that I have spent my career working with data to communicate the needs of various stakeholders effectively and efficiently. I bring twenty years of that experience to the Capitol with me. When I consider what it means to truly represent my constituents, I think of how I advocated for institutions as a grant writer and how I advocate for my students as a professor. I'm excellent at seeking expert opinions, listening to the needs of the people involved, and crafting well-considered solutions to problems. I pay attention to things like the constitutionality of legislation to avoid costly legal battles over laws that are clearly unconstitutional. I consider all of the stakeholders in the district from our tribal nations, to our healthcare providers, to our educational institutions, to our Chamber of Commerce and private business owners when I consider my opinion on issues. I look forward to bringing that level of concern to the Capitol.
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