Hello friends and neighbors! My name is Natalie Bruno, and I will be asking for you to vote for me in this upcoming gubernatorial election. Before I do that, I would like you to get to know a little bit about me, and why I am running. I believe that there are certain circumstances in life that provide you unique insights. Those insights help you to better serve those around you. Here are things about me that I feel will help me to better serve our state.
Family. My husband and I have a beautiful, blended family of 6, as well as three dogs. We are incredibly involved in our children’s lives which is probably one of the reasons why I have been coaching soccer and basketball at the Y and Edmond Soccer Club for the past several years. Our children are unique and therefore we have had a combination of those that have been in public school, private school, and homeschool. School choice is important because it allows us as parents to tailor our children’s education to fit their needs.
Veterans. I am enormously proud to be able to say that my father, brother, grandfather, and other relatives have served in the military. My father, who is my hero, served 32 years in the Army and had multiple tours overseas. I do not believe I ever remember him taking a single day off sick in my entire life, which is why I think I have such a strong work ethic.
Children. If the fact that my husband and I have 6 children between us doesn’t clue you in enough, I obviously love children. They are the single most important piece of our future and are the most dependent on us. I have spent many years serving children in our communities. I was a CASA volunteer in Carter county for several years, and I am currently on the associate board for Oklahoma Lawyers for Children. I also was recently awarded the Judge Nan Patton award for service to children.
Healthcare. Our healthcare system is very broken. I have experienced that not only through normal necessities that we experience day to day with having children but through other avenues as well. I have two children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, getting counseling for them even with insurance has been expensive. I also was diagnosed with (and beat) breast cancer in 2017 that tacked on its own set of financial issues. At the time I didn’t realize it, but I do believe that God put me through those trials so that I can be a voice for those that need one in regards to having a better healthcare system.
Second Amendment. I am a member at our local gun range and chose to carry. My husband does as well. It is a constitutional right that I support fully. Whether it is for hunting, or for protection, I can guarantee that I will never support a bill that infringes on the rights of law-abiding citizens’ right to bear arms.
Equality. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. It does not say, white men. It does not say, straight men. It does not say, wealthy men. It says all men. I will fight any bill that disproportionately targets people based on their religion, skin color, wealth, or sexual orientation.
I hope that this has given you enough information about me to know that I hold many personal beliefs and experiences that make me a great leader. I will work hard with the state legislature, regardless of their political affiliations, to make the best decisions for our state. Thank you for taking the time to get to know me and my beliefs, and please give me your vote on November 8th, 2022.