Merleyn Bell is a fifth-generation Oklahoman and an art director with over 15 years of experience in publication design. In November 2018, she was elected to represent House District 45 in east Norman, becoming the first woman of color to ever represent her hometown. During her first year in the state House she proposed legislation to reform our criminal justice system and improve Oklahoma’s infrastructure.
Merleyn spent K-12 in Norman Public Schools and knows the value of high-quality public education. She stood with teachers day after day during the teacher walkout at our capitol and she has no plans of backing down from the fight for increased funding for our schools.
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State funding to public agencies has been cut drastically in recent years, putting our most vulnerable neighbors at risk. Merleyn knows we must invest in our public agencies so they can best serve all Oklahoma’s communities.
A vibrant community includes access to healthcare for all of its residents. Merleyn is a supporter of Medicaid expansion, an opportunity that would provide care for more Oklahomans, while growing our economy, and saving state funds.