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Oklahoma House District 45

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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  • Merleyn Bell

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    Phillip Hillian

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Education Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
Professional Experience Carpenter, Military Officer, Information Technology Engineer
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Campaign Phone (405) 850-1660
Volunteer Service Church in the Park American Legion
Many reasons • These are tough times, tougher ones are ahead. We need someone properly trained and experienced to navigate the coming challenges. I can offer that, I’ve proven it. I want to be one of the people who bring us to a brighter future. Who wouldn’t want to be part of that? • We’re failing our own children, they rank 43rd among the graduates in the country. That is a colossal injustice to our children and their future. IT MUST BE FIXED. • People are too polarized, they don’t try to relate to each other anymore. When I ask why, the reply is always “well, they won’t listen to me, so I won’t listen to them”. I can be that person in the middle who truly listens to all sides and searches for that common ground to bring families and friends back together. • Our most valuable asset is the spectacular people of Oklahoma. Too many are unemployed or under-employed. We lose our best and brightest to larger markets. That can change, and I can start the process to make it happen
1. Give our children a better education to equip them for the coming challenges in life. 2. Break the cycle of poverty, poor-education, drug abuse, and incarceration that has ruined the lives of so many Oklahomans. 3. Bridge the gap that exists between good people who are having such a struggle to convey their concerns to opposing ideologies. Communication leads to understanding, and understanding to solutions. 4. Social stability. We are all in this together, we have one life, one planet, and one opportunity to show that the greatest human traits are compassion, understanding, and love. 5. Improve the state government’s interaction with the citizens. You can’t get the help you need, when you need it, if you can’t figure out which form to fill out or who to give it to, or even if there is anything to help you at all. At the same time, there are many people who game-the-system and extract our needed resources under false pretenses, those need to be found and corrected.
Training, testing, life experience, and proven success. I practice what I preach. People know I work in their best interests, they follow out of friendship, loyalty, and a shared goal. Everyone is appreciated for their contributions. I led hundreds of soldiers in extended high-intensity combat, and never lost a single soul by preparing them to fight as a team. This level of team building resulted in Presidential commendation and several Bronze Star’s for our soldiers, myself included. I managed hundreds of people in complex bureaucracies. Regardless of opposition, I never give up and I always find a way to reach the goal. All that experience is worthless without compassion. I help the under-served. I feed the homeless and help them on their feet with the Church in the Park program. I stop at wrecks and give first aid to the injured. I see someone sleeping in the doorway downtown and give them a hot meal and shelter. Done this all my life, anyone who knows me will testify to it