Candidates of HD 97 Inspire Oklahoma City Youth
Oklahoma City, November 22, 2015 – Camal Pennington and Chris Harrison, 2 of the 3 declared candidates running for HD 97, put aside opposing agendas to invest in the political growth and development of Oklahoma City Jack and Jill youth members. The two candidates participated in the educational legislative forum “Meet the Candidates” hosted by the local Chapter of Jack of Jill of America and its National Program Thrust -Legislative Advocacy. “A forum of this nature is very important into today’s political climate. It allows for children to get involved in the political process early and shows individuals they can identify with.” quotes Harrison. Presented in a moderated “friendly” debate, youth ranging from ages 8-12 were given the opportunity to ask questions on current issues. Exhibiting a high level of engagement, children addressed topics directly affecting them, with education being the greatest concern. Educational topics included funding, bullying, standardized testing, the role of police officers in the classroom and teacher’s getting certified to carry guns.
Harrison and Pennington gave great insight on current policies and initiatives that they feel aid in solving these issues. Notable were the Penny Tax which proposes an increase in sales taxes to raise teacher wages, Progressive Discipline where engagement protocol policies are enforced when disciplining students and Wrap- around Services in which schools and community partners develop a unified plan focusing on academics and services that lead to improved student learning, stronger families and healthier communities. The candidate’s common passion for youth was reflected in their articulation of applicable anecdotes, relevant dialogue and a sensitivity the youth understood. Their actions were commendable and exhibits true leadership and a heart for the community. A future generation of leaders were inspired.
Jack and Jill of America is a membership organization of mothers with children ages 2-19, dedicated to nurturing future African-American leaders by strengthening children through leadership development, volunteer service, philanthropic giving and civic duty. For more information on Jack and Jill visit jackandjillinc.org. Chris Harrison is a small business owner and Millwood school board member with deep roots in NE OKC community. To receive more info about Chris Harrison’s campaign visit: http://www.harrisonhd97.com/. Camal Pennington was born and raised in northeast Oklahoma City. Pennington serves Oklahoma City directly by working for the American Federation of Teachers. Visit http://camalpennington.com/ for more information about Camal Pennington’s campaign.