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Oklahoma House District 79

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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    Margie Alfonso
    (Rep)

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    Melissa Provenzano
    (Dem)

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Education B.S. Michigan State University Nursing, University of Miami Coral Gables FL
Professional Experience Laboratory, Variety Children's Hospital Jackson Memorial Hospital Coordinated The National Conference on HIV/AIDS for Reagan White House, Assisted California Brain Tumor Assn. in D.C.to educate congress about wireless.
Campaign Phone (918) 252-7098
Twitter @GinnyWhitt
Volunteer Service Volunteered to go to DC. for CA Brain Tumor Assn, to instruct on the dangers of RF radiation., I read peoples homes for RF radiation free of charge, with a German Gigahertz Analyzer. I keep food and water in my car for the homeless people, I have had a music and poetry ministry to the armed forces since Desert Storm, I currently have one of my music videos traveling with the Vietnam Wall, Through the Eyes Vietnam Museum, I have written a song to promote the love of reading, and it has been played at numerous literacy events across the country, including the Library of Congress/ Center for the Center for the Book/ Dept.of Education Joint Celebration.
Major changes should be made in public health. Old practices and substances should be re-evaluated. Lead, DDT, cigarettes, asbestos,etc were thought by the public to be safe, and were approved by government agencies like the FDA, & EPA, however, ignorance and or corporate greed cost many their health and even their lives. Independent research proved these trusted items were harmful. Case in Point, RF radiation. One Sprint phone tower in a Ripon CA school yard caused 4 third graders, 3 teachers, 2 toddlers and i1 other student to be diagnosed with various forms of cancers. 200 parents marched on the school and Sprint removed the tower. A law suit at Fay School brought numerous expert medical testimonies that Wi/Fi can cause the heart to go into a rhythm that causes sudden cardiac death during exercise, as well as neurological, emotional and physical symptoms.. We must demand that computers be hardwired. None of this is in the media, follow the $$$.
Protecting life from the womb to elderly care. No assisted suicide. Protecting children from abusive situations, especially sex trafficking and pedophilia with maximum penalties imposed on offenders. Safety in school for students and teachers. Funding and safety for police, firemen, teachers, and supplies they need to carry out their work. Establishment of more veterans support groups like the Coffee Bunker to help veterans transition back into civilian life.. Removing tax from food and medicine. Putting a freeze on real estate taxes for the elderly.
I took part in Pres. Reagan's Economic Recovery Tour, I was on Pres. Reagan's Central American Task Force, and I coordinated The National Conference on HIV/AIDS for the Reagan White House, where I spearheaded a number of testing programs for HIV.that were put into law. I am not single I have a very broad knowledge on many subjects, and topics. I have been in the political arena for 50 years and I am young for my age, blessed by God with great genetics. I am a 60+ model and do commercials. That was a way for me to earn extra money which I have been doing since my husband passed away as I have a disabled daughter. I am a fast learner and I retain knowledge, I even got certified in General Grahams Strategic Defense Initiative, which was known as Star Wars. If you listen to my music on my website, margiealfonso.com, you will know I have a strong belief in God and doing the right thing for the good of all. I stand firmly against racism, as we are all made in the image of God.
Education 1.Bachelor's Degree in Organismic Biology - Northeastern State University 2. Masters Degree: Educational Leadership, University of Oklahoma
Professional Experience 1.State Representative, Oklahoma House of Representatives House District 79 2. School Administrator- Tulsa Public Schools, Bixby Public Schools 3. Educator- Tulsa Public Schools
Campaign Email Proven4Oklahoma@gmail.com
Campaign Phone (918) 261-5393
Volunteer Service My volunteer efforts revolve largely around school-based support in our community, chiefly at Tulsa Public Schools and Union Public Schools. I have had the opportunity to read to elementary children, speak to high school Family and Consumer Science classes, and everything in between. Most recently I served as the legislative liaison for the Union High School Career Tech Advisory committee. I also serve on the board for my local Neighborhood H.O.A. for Park Plaza South in Tulsa.
Two years ago I ran for office during a different kind of crisis. Oklahoma educators sounded the alarm and many signed up to serve. I am proud of the work we have done thus far in beginning to right that ship on both sides of the aisle. Today, the COVID-19 Pandemic has touched all. The systems in our state have been subjected to the same lack of attention as education due to a decade of cuts - and we are feeling the pain.I spend much of my time helping Tulsans connected to support systems. So many are worried and struggling. Biggest concerns: Access to health care. The loss of a job. Making payroll. Paying the mortgage. Being a parent, teacher, and employee from home all at the same time and worrying that you aren't doing any of it right. I've also spent much of my time asking the tough questions of our state agencies and leadership and not letting up until we get the right answers. One thing is clear-my work here is far from done. 
1. Restoring the teacher pipeline and retaining the talent we have. 2. Helping families and small businesses navigate the COVID-19 crisis. In particular, the looming eviction crisis. 3. Health and Mental Health Care - Greater cost transparency and access 4. Criminal Justice Reform that is fair and safe for all - Bail reform and restructuring our fines and fees model 5. Student Loan Borrower's Bill of Rights

My ability to collaborate with a variety of stakeholders has served me well while in the State Legislature. Very little gets done when you draw a line in the sand and refuse to work across the aisle. I spend the time when not in session in my district listening to constituents across all parties, examining problems, potential solutions, and building consensus. Each of the bills I brought forward last session, and in all sessions moving forward will be the product of this process.Now two years in, I have also begun to examine that which does not see a lot of daylight in government – transparency in the process, in spending, in contract awards, and more. Being willing to ask the hard questions can be uncomfortable but we must be willing to do the hard and honest thing for the people of Oklahoma.