Action Alert! Oklahoma County Health Department Making National News

The war against misinformation and disinformation wages on right here in Oklahoma County. According to Kaiser Health News, childhood vaccination rates for the immunizations students typically need to enter kindergarten are down 4.5% in Oklahoma County since the 2017-18 academic year as parents increasingly seek exemptions to the requirements. Tell your legislators this is what happens when public health and the government follow the money over true science and lose public trust. Let’s continue to ask them and the Governor to hold the pharmaceutical industry and the state agencies that they offer grants to accountable.

HUGE Win for Health Freedom!

Outgoing Oklahoma Attorney General John O’Connor has been a huge asset for informed consent and health choice during his tenure. St. John Health System has agreed to establish a claims process for employees or former employees who believe they suffered religious discrimination at the hands of St. John Health System. Such employees can contact the Attorney General’s Office at (405) 521-3921 to bring their claims to the attorney general. This outcome creates a potential precedent going forward for employees and businesses as it relates to their health freedom. We want to thank John O’Connor for working for the people all the way until the very end of his tenure!

Mark Your Calendars! – Election February 14th and April 4th 2023

Candidate filing officially ended December 14, 2022 for municipal and school board elections, which will be held on February 14th and April 4th, 2023.

Oklahoma County is the largest county of membership for OKHPR, so we have published all of the candidates for Oklahoma County. Fifty-two Republicans, 23 Democrats, one Libertarian and two unaffiliated voters filed as candidates for 43 positions across Oklahoma County.

As “non-partisan” races, there will not be a Primary where Republicans face Republicans and Democrats face Democrats; everyone will be on one ballot and you can choose any candidate on February 14th AND on April 4th. Other states refer to this as a “jungle primary.” Voter registration is required to qualify as a candidate and that information is available to the public; we have included each candidate’s Party in Oklahoma County for your convenience.

The EXCEPTION will be in the race to fill the County Clerk seat, where three Republicans will face each other on a Primary ballot February 14th and the winner of that Primary will face the winner of the Democrat primary on the April 4th ballot (there will not be a Primary run-off). Please mark your calendar for February 14 and April 4th as EVERYONE in Oklahoma County will be eligible to vote for County Clerk.

COUNTY CLERK (Unexpired)    
February 14 Primary, April 4 General Election
Republican
GLORIA BANISTER
JONATHAN CLOUR
MARESSA TREAT

Democrat
DERRICK SCOBEY
SEAN CUMMINGS
TOM GUILD
B.C. PHILLIPS
TIFFANY ELLIS

February 14 Non-Partisan Elections
School board and municipal races with more than two candidates will face each other on the February 14th ballot. The ballot will NOT indicate how the candidate is registered as a voter. Voters will need to do their homework prior to the election to decide which individual will best fit you. OKHPR will be releasing a voting guide to help you! These are the races that will have additional elections in February.

CITY OF OKLAHOMA CITY
COUNCIL MEMBER, WARD 2

ALEXANDER DESHAZO Libertarian
JAMES COOPER Democrat
CHRIS COWDEN*  Republican
WESTON STOREY Republican
* This candidate’s candidacy is being challenged.

COUNCIL MEMBER, WARD 5
MATT HINKLE Republican
AUDRA BEASLEY Democrat
JEFF OWEN Republican
THUAN HIEU NGUYEN Republican

COUNCIL MEMBER, WARD 8

FRANK URBANIC Republican
MARK   STONECIPHER Republican
AMY WARNE Democrat

CITY OF WARR ACRES

COUNCIL MEMBER, WARD 1
CURTIS L. YERBY Democrat
JAMES VON THAER Republican
KIT FAIRCHILD Democrat

DEER CREEK PUBLIC SCHOOLS
BOARD MEMBER – OFFICE NO. 3
SCOTT HASSON  Republican
LUCIA FROHLING Republican
KELLI LAY Democrat

HARRAH PUBLIC SCHOOLS
BOARD MEMBER – OFFICE NO. 2 (Unexpired)

CHRIS MONDEN Republican
DUSTIN JENEY Republican
KARL WASSERLEBEN IV Republican

MIDWEST CITY-DEL CITY PS
BOARD MEMBER – OFFICE NO. 3

DANIEL SHAFFER Unaffiliated
GINA STANDRIDGE Republican
LYNETTE DEAN Republican

WESTERN HEIGHTS PUBLIC SCHOOLS
BOARD MEMBER – OFFICE NO. 3

BRAYDEN HUNT Unaffiliated
BUD WARD Republican
KELLY M. BROWN Democrat

April 4 Non-Partisan Elections
If only TWO candidates filed in a “non-partisan” race, they are automatically moved to the April 4th ballot. Here is the list of races automatically scheduled for April 4th.

CHOCTAW-NICOMA PARK PS
BOARD MEMBER – OFFICE NO. 3

MICHAEL L. TAYLOR Republican
JESSICA SALINAS-  DENGLER Democrat

CITY OF BETHANY
COUNCIL MEMBER, WARD 3

BETH BLANKENSHIP Democrat
KATHY LARSEN Republican

CITY OF DEL CITY
COUNCIL MEMBER, WARD 3

CLAUDIA BROWNE Democrat
JACQUE MOONEY Republican

CITY OF EDMOND
MAYOR

DARRELL A. DAVIS Republican
BRIAN SHELLEM Republican

COUNCIL MEMBER, WARD 1
ASHLEY N. BRADLEY Democrat
TOM ROBINS Republican

COUNCIL MEMBER, WARD 2
BARRY K. MOORE Democrat
JUDY RAU Republican

CITY OF OKLAHOMA CITY
COUNCIL MEMBER, WARD 6

MAREK CORNETT Democrat
JOBETH HAMON Democrat

EDMOND PUBLIC SCHOOLS
BOARD MEMBER – OFFICE NO. 3

JERRY CHILDS Republican
JAMIE UNDERWOOD  Republican

JONES PUBLIC SCHOOLS
BOARD MEMBER – OFFICE NO. 3

MATT GINDHART Republican
JOIE WALL Republican

LUTHER PUBLIC SCHOOLS
BOARD MEMBER – OFFICE NO. 3

BRANDON ROGERS Republican
CHARLES DE FURIA Republican

PUTNAM CITY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
BOARD MEMBER – OFFICE NO. 3

JUDY MULLEN HOPPER Republican
LORI TUGGLE Republican

Offices with Only One Candidate Filing
(Seated without Opposition)

If only one person filed for an open seat, that candidate is automatically declared the winner. Congratulations to those men and women who are already seated to serve without having to endure the challenge of an election during the winter months!

BETHANY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
BOARD MEMBER – OFFICE NO. 3

LESLIE PETTITT Republican

CITY OF BETHANY
COUNCIL MEMBER WARD 1

PETER PLANK Republican

COUNCIL MEMBER WARD 2
KEN SMART Republican

COUNCIL MEMBER WARD 4
BRIAN MAGIROWSKY Republican

CITY OF DEL CITY
MAYOR  

FLOYD EASON Republican

COUNCILMEMBER WARD 1
MICHAEL DEAN Republican

CITY OF NICOMA PARK
MAYOR  

MARK COCHELL Republican

COUNCIL MEMBER WARD 1
BRECK SWIGART Republican

COUNCIL MEMBER WARD 3
BOBBY KOLAR Republican

COUNCIL MEMBER WARD 5
JEFFERY S CAUDILL Republican

CITY OF WARR ACRES
MAYOR       

ROGER GODWIN Republican

COUNCIL MEMBER WARD 2
SCOTT TRIBBEY Republican

COUNCIL MEMBER WARD 3
DEBBIE MORRIS Republican

COUNCIL MEMBER WARD 4
RANDY PRINCE Republican

CROOKED OAK PUBLIC SCHOOLS
BOARD MEMBER -OFFICE NO. 3

VICTORIA BARRINGTON Republican

CRUTCHO PUBLIC SCHOOLS
BOARD MEMBER – OFFICE NO. 1

ERIKA JAMES Democrat

EASTERN OKLAHOMA TECH CENTER
BOARD MEMBER – OFFICE NO. 2      

GARY HOWARD Republican

FRANCIS TUTTLE TECH CENTER
BOARD MEMBER – OFFICE NO. 3

DAVE GILLOGLY Republican

HARRAH PUBLIC SCHOOLS
BOARD MEMBER – OFFICE NO. 3

TREY SWAN Republican

METRO TECH CENTER
BOARD MEMBER – OFFICE NO. 6

MIRIAM CAMPOS Democrat

MILLWOOD PUBLIC SCHOOLS
BOARD MEMBER – OFFICE NO. 3

RICKEY T. L. HUNT Democrat

OAKDALE PUBLIC SCHOOLS
BOARD MEMBER – OFFICE NO. 1

CAELI WILLIAMS Republican

OKLAHOMA CITY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
BOARD MEMBER – OFFICE NO. 6

JUAN LECONA  Democrat

A Prayer From Our Governor

 

Let’s stand in agreement with our Governor as Americans vote nationwide tomorrow. We trust that you are registered and ready to #votebear and for freedom tomorrow from 7 AM-7 PM at your regular or new polling place. Check your NEW voter ID card or the OK voter portal to see if your polling place has changed, and check the OKHPR-PAC Voting Guide before you head to the ballot box!

Send this video to 10-20 of your contacts!

What to Know About Joy Hoffmeister

Governor Kevin Stitt has an A voting record and survey score from Oklahomans for Health and Parental Rights. Joy Hofmeister declined to complete the OKHPR-PAC survey and has an F rated voting record for health and parental rights. She urged to keep schools closed and children masked. Here is more information about Joy Hofmeister that you should know before you cast your vote on November 8th.

“Oklahoma governor candidate Joy Hofmeister said she supports sanctuary cities during a campaign event on October 22.  “You talk about immigration, are you in favor of sanctuary cities?” Hofmeister was asked in a video of the event.  “Yes,” Hofmeister replied. “And I believe it is important that we treat people with dignity and with respect.”   (Link includes video)

The National Rifle Association’s Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF) warned NRA members in Oklahoma about the anti-gun positions of gubernatorial candidate Joy Hofmeister.   “Joy Hofmeister received an F rating from the NRA because she supports policies that would delay and deny law-abiding Oklahomans of their right to keep and bear arms,” said Travis Couture-Lovelady, NRA Oklahoma state director.

4/8/2022:  “A spokesperson for state Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister said Oklahoma public schools must allow students to use any bathroom they choose, based on the student’s self-declared gender identity and cannot restrict access to the washroom based on biological sex. ”

 

Joy Hofmeister’s 8-year education plan, which is still unfolding, has brought radical changes that are transforming Oklahoma education.  The plan includes:

  • Opposition to HB 1775, which prohibits teachers from labeling and condemning students by race or skin color (often called Critical Race Theory-CRT).
  • Common Core aligned standards.
  • Test scores based on racial “equity” equalize outcomes/student performance scores.

 

The Oklahoma Education Department’s website has been scrubbed of social media links for the Democratic gubernatorial nominee’s campaign following a Washington Examiner report quoting legal experts who said the links could violate state law.  The fact that the department’s Twitter has retweeted her campaign and tagged her campaign could also violate state law, the lawyers said.
Students across the country lost significant ground in reading and math amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to newly released national assessment data — but Oklahoma students’ scores slipped more than most.

Declines were steepest in math. In math, Oklahoma dropped 8 points for fourth graders and 13 points for eighth graders, the largest point decline of any state. Nationwide, scores dropped 5 points for fourth grade and 8 points for eighth grade.

In reading, Oklahoma had an eight-point decline in fourth-grade reading and a seven-point decline in eighth-grade reading, compared to a three-point average national decline in both grades. Reading scores were declining even before the pandemic.

Hofmeister Faced Two Felony Charges for 2014 Campaign

11/5/2016:  “The felony charges filed Thursday against State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister stunned many Oklahomans.  Hofmeister faces two felony counts on her own: one for knowingly accepting campaign contributions that exceeded the maximum amounts set by law for a candidate, and the other for accepting contributions from a corporation, which is illegal. The company in question was the American Fidelity Assurance Co., which was not charged with any wrongdoing. Although Hofmeister and her campaign did not directly receive the donations, prosecutors allege she illegally coordinated with a newly formed nonprofit advocacy group, Oklahomans for Public School Excellence, to help her candidacy.”

8/1/2017:  A criminal case against State Superintendent of Education Joy Hofmeister has been dropped.  Oklahoma County court records show that conspiracy and campaign violation charges have been dismissed against Joy Hofmeister and her political consultants. The charges stemmed from Hofmeister’s 2014 campaign.”

7/1/2018:  “The state’s watchdog agency did not file an ethics lawsuit against state schools Superintendent Joy Hofmeister because of the expense, the Oklahoman has learned.  The Ethics Commission revealed the reason in its complaint to the Oklahoma Supreme Court about its overall budget.  “The Commission will not pursue a serious and complex litigation case for which the statute of limitation just expired due to lack of in-house personnel to timely investigate and prosecute the matter,” it told justices.”

10/12/2022: Super PACs and and Dark Money Groups have poured more than $12.5 million into television ads attacking Governor Kevin Stitt and boosting his democratic opponent Joy Hoffmeister. Ask yourself why? If they can shift Oklahoma, the reddest state, they know they can do others. The left’s failing policies need to stay in California, Washington, & New York to name a few!

Know the Truth, Check the Facts!

Joy Hofmeister has done NOTHING to improve OK education over her 8 year term. In fact, enrollment and parent confidence is WAY down. She will take us down the Biden destroys America track. Vote Governor Kevin Stitt on Nov. 8 or early! Don’t let the FAR left get a foothold!

Super PACs and and Dark Money Groups have poured more than $12.5 million into television ads attacking Governor Kevin Stitt and boosting his democratic opponent Joy Hoffmeister. Ask yourself why? If they can shift Oklahoma, the reddest state, they know they can do others. The left’s failing policies need to stay in California, Washington, & New York to name a few!

Oklahoma Supreme Court Rules on Mask Mandates

Breaking! The Oklahoma Supreme Court rules school districts, not the governor or legislature, should decide on mask mandate. They ALSO rule that mask mandates must be an opt-in option and therefore, parents who choose not to mask do not have to opt-out as demonstrated by districts like Oklahoma City Public Schools who made parents opt out if they did not want their child wearing a mask.

The greatest level of parental right is opt-in so this was a win!

Schools still have to meet all criteria set forth in SB 658  and the mask issue must be brought up at each meeting and take parent input.

Again, the only part of the original bill that the Oklahoma Supreme Court removed was that in order for schools to mandate masks the Governor must declare a state of emergency first. In case you missed it, Gov. Kevin Stitt said repeatedly he would not declare another state of emergency over the COVID-19 pandemic. The court said this meant the law acted as a “state wide prohibition for masks for public schools.”

Now that SB658 has been clarified, Oklahoma schools should obey the entire law. We are still getting reports that schools are telling students, especially 7th graders, that they can’t return to school or play sports without taking another Dtap/Tdap.

SB 658 clearly states that all school MUST provide opt-out information on all vaccine “requirements”.

Action: Parents or their attorney may write a letter to the school district or have them also write a litigation threat letter.

OK Supt of Ed Candidate Jena Nelson: Endorsements and Involvement in DEI / CRT

The Oklahoma Superintendent of Education race is being reported as a close race.  Republican candidate Ryan Walters has made his priorities known, but what do we know about Democrat candidate Jena Nelson besides her opposition to vouchers?

Neither candidate, if elected, would have the authority to enact or prevent a voucher program.  The legislature has the responsibility for making this decision.  But the person elected would have great influence over curriculum in public schools.
Below is a list of known endorsements for Ms. Nelson. Images for endorsements are attached.

Jena Nelson Involvement with CRT / DEI Policies

 

Per OCPA link below, Jena Nelson was a member of Deer Creek Public Schools Diversity and Inclusion Committee.  On Feb. 12, 2022, Nelson claimed that CRT is not part of Oklahoma schools and dismissed concerns that many CRT concepts are now being relabeled as “social emotional learning” (SEL).

The Deer Creek school district has hired the Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice (OCCJ) to provide up to 13 workshops whose objectives include a focus on “diversity, inclusion, implicit bias, and inclusive leadership.”

The OCCJ blog states that several of the organization’s programs “address critical theories by seeking to interrupt the automatic consciousness that determines what is ‘right’ or the ‘truth.’ For example, both young people and adults who partake in OCCJ programs are encouraged to examine their identities, seeking examples of both privilege and lack of privilege.”

EXAMPLES of CRT in Tulsa and Edmond Public Schools are attached.
Full Language in HB1775, which prohibits the teaching of CRT:  HB1775 ENR.PDF (state.ok.us)
A-rated and endorsed Ryan Walters needs our support and vote. Last week, Sooner Poll released that Jena Nelson is currently leading Ryan Walters by five points in a baseline poll. Share this blog post and spread the word that you support Ryan Walters for State Superintendent of Public Education!

Is your school district following the law?

Oklahoma allows vaccine exemptions for school children based on personal, religious, and medical reasons. In addition to exemption law, there is a more recent section of law that requires school districts to inform parents of exemption options.

Per SB 658, which went into effect July 1st 2021, 

The State Department of Education shall provide and ensure that each school district in this state provides, on the school district website and in any notice or publication provided to parents regarding immunization requests, the following information regarding immunization requirements for school attendance:
“For school enrollment, a parent or guardian shall provide one of the following:
1. Current, up-to-date immunization records; or
2. A completed and signed exemption form.” 

Is your school following the law?

We have received an unprecedented number of reports this year of schools that are violating state law. We need your help to make sure that this important section of state law is followed. We have included sample email and phone scripts as well as contact information to make this as easy as possible!

If your school district is not in compliance with SB 658, please contact the following:

  1. Because the State Department of Education is supposed to ENSURE that this law is followed by all school districts, please contact State Superintendent of Education Joy Hoffmeister at 405-521-3301 first.
  2. Email the State Board of Education by copy and pasting the following email addresses.
    carlisha@impacttulsa.com, jmonies@saxum.com, estelaokc@gmail.com, brianrichardbobek@gmail.com, trentsmith88@me.com, sarahtlepak@gmail.com
  3. Your local school district’s Superintendent, School Board, Principal, and or school nurse. You should be able to find their contact information by searching your school districts website. if you need assistance with this, reach out to your OKHPR Senate District Captain. (If you do not know who your OKHPR Senate District Captain is, email us at captains@okhpr.com.)
  4. Governor Kevin Stitt at 405-521-2342 or online HERE.
  5. The following legislators
    • Senate Pro Tempore Greg Treat
      • 405-521-5632
      • greg.treat@oksenate.gov
    • Speaker of the House Charles McCall
      • 405-557-7412
      • charles.mccall@okhouse.gov
    • Your State Senator (His/her contact information can be found here)
    • Your State Representative (His/her contact information can be found here)

Please feel free to use the following phone or email scripts if you are unsure what to say.

Phone script for Joy Hoffmeister’s office
“Hi I am calling because I am a resident of _______ school district. I noticed that they are in violation of SB 658 because they are not informing parents about vaccine exemptions on their website or in a notice sent out on (date). I understand that it is the State Department of Education’s job to ensure that school districts are following SB 658, so I wanted to contact your office to ensure that this is addressed.”

Email script for the Oklahoma State Board of Education
“To whom it may concern,
I am emailing because I am a resident of _______ school district. I noticed that the school is in violation of SB 658. This law went into effect on July 2021 and it states that Schools and universities must notify parents and students that they may opt-out of vaccination mandates using legally allowed exemptions on their website and in all notices regarding vaccine requirements. The law also states that it is the State Department of Education’s job to ensure that school districts are following SB 658.

The violation I noticed is on the schools website/ notice sent out on (date). I wanted to bring this violation to your attention.

Please let me know what is being done to bring the school district into compliance with the law.
Name
Address”

Script for your local school district’s Superintendent, School Board, Principal, or school nurse
Phone:
“Hi I am calling because I am a resident of _______ school district. I noticed that the school is in violation of SB 658. This law went into effect on July 2021 and it states that Schools and universities must notify parents and students that they may opt-out of vaccination mandates using legally allowed exemptions on their website and in all notices regarding vaccine requirements. The violation I noticed is on the schools website/ notice sent out on (date). I wanted to bring this violation to your attention so that it can be addressed.”

Email:
“To whom it may concern,
I am emailing because I am a resident of _______ school district. I noticed that the school is in violation of SB 658. This law went into effect on July 2021 and it states that Schools and universities must notify parents and students that they may opt-out of vaccination mandates using legally allowed exemptions on their website and in all notices regarding vaccine requirements.

You can read the full law here: http://webserver1.lsb.state.ok.us/cf_pdf/2021-22%20ENR/SB/SB658%20ENR.PDF. Please see section 1, E.

The violation I noticed is on the schools website/ notice sent out on (date). I wanted to bring this violation to your attention.

Please let me know what is being done to bring the school district into compliance with the law.
Name
Address”

Script for Governor Stitt, President Pro Tempore Greg Treat and Speaker of the House Charles McCall.
Phone:
“Hi I am calling because I am a resident of _______ school district. I noticed that they are in violation of SB 658 because they are not informing parents about vaccine exemptions on their website or in a notice sent out on (date). I wanted to contact your office to ensure that this is addressed.”

Email:
“I am emailing because I am a resident of _______ school district. I noticed that the school is in violation of SB 658. The violation I noticed is on the schools website/ notice sent out on (date). I wanted to bring this violation to your attention. so that it can be addressed
Name
Address”

Script for YOUR State Legislators
Phone:
“Hi I am calling because I am a constituent and a resident of _______ school district. I noticed that they are in violation of SB 658 because they are not informing parents about vaccine exemptions on their website or in a notice sent out on (date). I wanted to contact your office to ensure that this is addressed.”

Email:
“Subject line: From your constituent
Dear Senator or Representative _______
I am constituent of your district and a resident of _______ school district. I noticed that the school is in violation of SB 658. The violation I noticed is on the schools website/ notice sent out on (date). I wanted to bring this violation to your attention. so that it can be addressed

Name
Address”

Lastly, share this blog and the image at the top of this page with your friends and family to spread the word that ‘No Shots, No School, Not True!”


Resources related to vaccine law can be found on the resources page of our website. Here you will find the Oklahoma vaccine exemption form (which is used for school or daycare entry), read vaccine law, and read our vaccine exemption FAQ which includes information on what facilities are required to accept a vaccine exemption, how to fill out the form, what to do if your exemption is denied, and how to report a school that is violating the law.