OK House District: HD 88
Party Affiliation: Democrat
Honor, Courage & Commitment are the core values that a Marine lives by. These are the same values I will stand by when fighting for the people of House District 88. I served honorably in the United States Marines as an infantryman and was deployed to Iraq in 2007. After returning home to Oklahoma, I joined the United State Army (National Guard) while attending college. If I learned anything in the military, it was to be accountable, to make the hard decisions for the greater good & to do the right thing even when no one is looking. I worked in the oil and gas industry for four years and understand the sacrifice these fine people make for their families to have a better life. Today, I currently work as a security contractor for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to provide a safe work environment for our government employees & to prevent acts of domestic terrorism like we experienced on April 19, 1995… a day all Oklahomans will remember forever. Running for office has been in the back of my head for some time now. I have truly grown tired of watching partisan politics with zero accountability for politicians. Politicians are supposed to be our best citizens and represent the people, not line their pockets with special interest and lobbyist money. I will never take their money or their sponsorships. I will be a true man of the people.
I grew up in Oklahoma City and went to middle school at Harding in the 90’s in District 88. So, I understand the true difficulties of the Oklahoma City Public School system and want to make real change in these children’s lives. This is why public education will be a primary focus when I am elected, because Oklahomans need to work to be number one in education. With the current conditions in the United States, Police reform is a must. We need to strive for better trained and vetted law enforcement so that we can have improved community policing.
Lastly and most importantly, veteran suicide prevention, and access to resources needs our attention. I personally have lost too many brothers to suicide and feel the State does not do enough for these warriors returning home to the civilian world. We need more than hotlines to call, we need better access to programs setup to help veterans transition from military life, to civilian life. State programs that show all the programs available and how to access them. School Reform Getting our teachers and students the resources, they deserve. We must not hold back on education, rather push FORWARD! Police Reform Demilitarizing the police. We must focus on community oriented social intervention, not heavy-handed needless escalations of force! Veteran Outreach We must work tirelessly to make 22 suicides a day a thing of the past. Joe will be a fearless advocate for ending endless wars that only benefit the ruling class.