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Oklahoma House District 78

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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    Meloyde Blancett
    (Dem)

  • Paul Royse
    (Rep)

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Campaign Address PO. Box 14238
Tulsa, OK 74159
Education Bachelor's in Journalism
Professional Experience Newspaper Reporter - Norman Transcript, Tulsa Tribune; Marketing & Public Relations Executive- Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group, Williams; Owner, Marketing & Strategy Consulting - The Blancett Group; Jewelry Artist
Campaign Phone (918) 480-1745
Twitter @MBlancett
Volunteer Service Community --- Historic and recent board or committee membership - Oklahoma Tourism Promotion Advisory Board Vice Chair, Tulsa Chamber Convention and Visitors Bureau board, WaterWorks Art Center Advisory Council President, Camp Fire Green Country Board/Committee, American Diabetes Association, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Tulsa Artists Guild, Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition, City of Tulsa Economic Development Commission, Parent Child Center of Tulsa Committee, Fab Lab Tulsa Board
I first ran for public office four years ago because I was angry at what our state Capitol was doing. Now, after four years of legislative service, we've made progress but there's is still a lot of work left to do in public education, criminal justice reform, mental health and the list goes on. And due to COVID, it is likely we are going to have less money to do the needed work. I am running to bridge the gap across partisan gridlock to develop good public policy based on facts and reason. I want to continue to be a level-headed voice for smart, strategic policies that improve our state while making sure our families have what they need to succeed in life.
In Oklahoma, there are so many areas that need drastic improvement. I am prioritizing mental health, criminal justice reform, economic development, and public education. I am advocating for more investment in mental health treatment programs and drug court. A major component of criminal justice reform I've fought for is bail reform. Our current system is broken, costing us millions without improving public safety. My goal is to end cash bail so that we have better public safety outcomes at a lower cost while keeping people from being incarcerated unnecessarily just because they are poor. Finally, it is proven - quality public education is a critical factor for economic development. It creates a better workforce and boosts the economy. To that end, it is crucial that we lower the student-to-teacher and counselor ratios and fund up-to-date classroom supplies.
I believe I am the best person for this job because I have strong business, economic development and now legislative experience, and I care deeply about improving our state. Moreover, I will not put partisanship over creating quality public policy. I ran for office to be a voice of reason that would prioritize Oklahomans and their needs rather than focus on partisan bickering. I was elected to office in one of the most controversial times in our state. I served through multiple special sessions and intense debates. I will do what it takes to create meaningful change by utilizing analysis, data, and experts outside of politics to inform my decisions. I am a voice for the people of House District 78, not a puppet for any party.
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