You have to know that as a history teacher, getting people jazzed about being politically active is right up my ally. I expected it of my students and gave them opportunities to practice civic participation even before they had the right to vote. Getting involved doesn’t have to be time consuming, but it does have to be done. You can see the results in our state when there is a tyranny of the minority, but we have the power to change that.
One opportunity to have your voice heard in Putnam City comes next Wednesday night when a Meet the Candidates event is being held. The candidates are from House Districts 82 and 100 and Senate Districts 40 and 30. You can find out who represents you in the House and Senate here: http://www.oksenate.gov/FindMyLegislature.aspx
These races represent most of Putnam City. Brooke Fonzi, a teacher in Putnam City and PCACT member wrote the questions and has asked the candidates to answer them and submit to her for printing. You will be able to pick up a copy of their answers, and engage them on education-related topics that night.
I know a lot of people were shocked to learn the process by which legislation really gets passed in the Oklahoma legislature during the teacher walkout. More reasonable government starts with electing more reasonable people. This forum provides an opportunity for you to look people in the eye and ascertain their values.
I hope to see you all there!
Wednesday, May 9th
6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Putnam City North High School