Special Election: July 11

Candidates for Senate District 44:

  • Michael Brooks-Jimenez
  • Joseph Griffin

Candidates for House District 75:

  • Nik Berg
  • Karen Ann Gaddis
  • Tress Nunley
  • Jamie Smith
  • Skip Steele

Oklahomans for the Arts sent the Candidate Survey to every candidate who filed in each of the special elections with voting taking place on July 11. All responses to the survey are included here. See the Oklahoma Elections Board for more on timeline and where you are eligible to vote. 

Joseph Griffin and Michael Brooks-Jimenez, candidates for Senate 44, and Karen Ann Gaddis, candidate for House 75 responded to Oklahomans for the Arts' candidate survey.

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The Survey

4 Questions

CANDIDATE SURVEY QUESTIONS: 

  1. What arts culture activities have you attended, participated in or supported in the last year?
  2. Do you support ongoing or increased appropriations for the Oklahoma Arts Council so that arts cultural organizations and schools in your district can present high quality arts programs for all of its citizens?
  3. Do you support the Oklahoma Arts Council remaining an independent agency to maintain its mission efficiency and future?
  4. Would you support policies to strengthen arts education helping young people succeed in the global economies of today?

Joseph Griffin: Senate District 44

  1. Has attended: Festivals, Music events, Visual art events, Theatre, Literary events and Museums

  2. Strongly Supports ongoing or increased funding for the Oklahoma Arts Council

  3. Strongly Supports the Oklahoma Arts Council remaining an independent agency

  4. Strongly Supports policies to strengthen arts education

  5. COMMENTS: "I strongly support all arts programs, especially programs experienced as part of an education experience. However, in the current state financial situation, other basic-needs programs such as health care, food, and housing may need to take precedence. We desperately need to improve the financial foundation of our state. Philanthropists, churches, and charities cannot be expected to carry the entire needs-load of the state."
    http://joeforoklahoma.com/

Michael Brooks-Jimenez: Senate District 44

  1. Has attended: Festivals, Music, Theatre, Film and Museums 

  2. Strongly Supports ongoing or increased funding for the Oklahoma Arts Council

  3. Strongly Supports the Oklahoma Arts Council remaining an independent agency

  4. Strongly Supports policies to strengthen arts education
    http://michaelforoklahoma.com/

Karen Ann Gaddis: HOUSE DISTRICT 75:

  1. Has attended: Festivals, Music events, Visual art events, Films, Museums and Other arts events
  2. Strongly Supports ongoing or increased funding for the Oklahoma Arts Council

  3. Strongly Supports the Oklahoma Arts Council remaining an independent agency

  4. Strongly Supports policies to strengthen arts education

  5. COMMENTS: "I have a degree in film making and a strong background in art history. You will have a strong advocate for the arts at the Capitol."
    http://www.karengaddis.com/

 

With any questions about the survey or the candidate responses listed here, please contact Oklahomans for the Arts at esidler@ok4arts.org.

Julia Kirt