Like many Oklahomans, I have been concerned about the divisive and exclusionary rhetoric that is increasingly present in our state’s politics...
Why I'm Running
I have also been concerned about the recent political scandals regarding the financial improprieties that have been unearthed regarding contracts the state has entered into with private companies.
The recent revelation that Oklahoma’s current Lieutenant Governor was directly involved in the scandal regarding the Swadley's Barbecue contract with the State Department of Tourism and resulting waste of millions of taxpayer dollars, is evidence that he has failed to perform the duties of his office.
Oversight of Tourism is an essential function of the position. Along with providing oversight on several other Commissions and boards, serving as Chair of Oklahoma’s Tourism Commission is one of the main duties of the Lieutenant Governor, and the current office holder has not done his job.
As the number three industry in our state, Tourism has a huge impact on Oklahoma's economy. My vision for the Department includes more focus on promoting the things that make Oklahoma unique. I would like to see more recognition of our communities and festivals. These attract visitors, generate revenue, promote community pride and strengthen relationships, as well as teaching us the history of the areas, and and the people who live in our state.
Unfortunately, millions of our taxpayer dollars were wasted on the expansion of a franchise operation into our state parks, using many corrupt business practices. The Oklahoma Legislative Committee that is tasked with investigating the misappropriations in the Tourism Department under the current administration is bound to uncover other improprieties that will further erode the public’s confidence in our state government.
I am running for Lieutenant Governor to restore transparency and accountability to our Government. Along with taking over stewardship of Tourism, my priorities for Oklahoma include improving public education in our state, keeping our people healthy, as well as respecting all Oklahomans. This must include respecting and recognizing the Sovereignty of our tribes.
The people of Oklahoma need to work together to overcome the cronyism we have become witness to, and the draconian and mean-spirited reputation that has been put on us by the most recent Administration.
These things need to change, and I need your help to make this happen. We have a long way to go to turn this state around. I am asking for your support and your vote.