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2012 Elections Interviews: Sen. Susan Paddack

Sen. Susan Paddack is running for re-election for Oklahoma State Senator in District 13. We got the chance to ask her a few questions. Here is her bio, followed by the interview.

“I was the first person in my family to receive a college degree,” she said. “My father started work as a lineman with the telephone company and my mother was a stay at home mom. Neither was able to go to college, but they knew the importance of it and encouraged me to further my education.”


Susan believes a good education allows each individual to reach his or her goals and to be successful in life. Education is the way that people achieve the American Dream. Through hard work and a quality education, every person is able to be what he or she wishes to be. Education is also at the heart of our country’s democratic form of government. Each person must be educated to carry out his or her duties as a citizen.

Susan received a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Colorado and a Master of Education Degree in Secondary Education from East Central University. She earned a Certificate of Excellence in Nonprofit Leadership and Management from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Susan married her high school sweetheart, Gary, who is an internal medicine physician in Ada. Susan and Gary have two children, Geoffrey is a physician doing his second year residency in radiology, and Elizabeth is a third year medical student at OU’s College of Medicine.”- Part of Sen. Paddack’s bio from her website, click to read more

GO: If re-elected, what would you do, if anything, about current pollution issues?

Sen. Paddack: I continually look at the most pressing issues that our state is facing in this area and file legislation as appropriate.

GO: What about energy issues?

Sen. Paddack: I will continue to support a diversified profile to our energy needs while also being very supportive of issues like converting state vehicles to running on CNG.

GO: What have you done so far in office for these issues?

Sen. Paddack: In the broad sense, my approach has been to look at issues which affect our environment.  I have passed legislation on achieving a statewide goal of recycling our solid waste stream (SB 498 in 2008) and I passed model legislation on computer recycling (SB 1631 in 2008).  In addition, I have passed legislation enabling aquifer recharge (SB1410 in 2008) and legislation which studied marginal quality water (SB 1627 in 2008) for inclusion in the statewide water plan.  Also, I passed a joint resolution (SJR 24 in 2011) that required the promulgation of rules for water reuse in our state and last year I passed a joint resolution (SJR 91 in 2012) which adopted those rules such that now water reuse can be an effective tool for maximizing our water resources.  I’ve received several awards for my work.  These include:

Metropolitan Environmental Legislator of the Year in 2007

Partners in Conservation Award from the US Dept. of the Interior in 2009

OKA award from the Citizens for the Protection of the Arbuckle-Simpson Aquifer in 2007

GO: What are your views on climate change?

Sen. Paddack: Climate change is not an issue that is discussed at the state level, but I do believe that climate change is occurring.

GO: And lastly, why do you think our readers should vote for you?

Sen. Paddack: Readers should vote for me because I work extremely hard for the people of SD 13.  I am the most highly qualified candidate in this race due to my experience, work ethic, and education.  I am approachable, responsible, and accountable.  I would very much appreciate their vote!

 

If you would like to learn more about Sen. Susan Paddack check out her website votepaddack.com.

Be sure to check out our other interviews as well.

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Disclaimer: Green Oklahoma doesn’t endorse any candidates. We urge our readers to learn about all of the candidates and make informed choices this year. And above all Green Oklahoma urges all Oklahomans to vote!

2012 Elections Interviews: Nick Singer

Nick Singer is running for State Representative in District 87. We got the chance to ask him a few questions. Here is his bio, followed by the interview.

“Nick Singer moved to Oklahoma City in 2004 to pursue a career opportunity. Working as a full time sales representative at a locally owned company and running a small business has led to his significant involvement (and investment) in this great community.

As a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma City’s LOYAL Class IV in 2009, Nick has honed his leadership skills working on community activities and in civic organizations around the city, including the Resource Development Board for Big Brothers, Big Sisters. When he’s not at the office, Nick likes to spend time with his little brother, who he’s been paired with through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma for more than two years. He also volunteers at the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. Outside of volunteering, Nick has also twice captained a corporate rowing team at the Chesapeake Boathouse.


Nick holds degrees in math and economics from Penn State University. In the brief moments he has to himself, Singer can be found reading — news on the Internet, books on leadership and business, or even a good fantasy novel.”

GO: Why did you decide to run for state representative?

Singer: I believe an effectively run government can help provide solutions to many of our problems. Right now the current state of politics is overly divisive and focused on keeping people in power instead of solving problems. I would like to bring a people and community focused voice to the legislature that focuses on socially conscious solutions while also cutting through the partisan politics.

GO: If elected what would you do, if anything, about current pollution issues?

Singer: I would be an advocate for cleaner sources of energy and stronger local communities. I believe that building stronger, better connected, and more walk-able communities encourages not only better environmental stewardship but also addresses some of our public health issues. Bringing attention to local goods and services (food and others) is not just good environmental policy, but good economic policy as well.

GO: What about energy issues?

Singer: I support cleaner forms of energy and appropriate regulation on existing forms. Oklahoma has vast resources of both traditional and renewable energy. We should look to be at the forefront of new energy sources.

GO: What are your views on climate change?

Singer: The planet is getting warmer, all available evidence shows that. I believe in the scientific method. It is what has provided all of the technologies we enjoy today and is the best means we have to understand the world around us. If science says climate change is man-made, then it probably is. Until evidence shows otherwise, we need to be aware and start taking steps to address the issue.

GO: And lastly, why do you think our readers should vote for you?

Singer: As an Eagle Scout who took his lessons to heart, I believe environmental protection and stewardship are part of our civic duty. Science being the backbone of our economy, shows us a greater understanding of our world every day. As we learn more about how we interact with our ecosystem, we learn about the consequences of our actions.

For my fellow citizens and future generations, I want air we can breathe, water we can drink and energy sources that are clean, abundant and lower cost. I believe through effective legislation, regulation and working with private enterprise we can achieve a future where these criteria are met and exceeded.

I believe planning better for the future includes infrastructure improvements, focusing on sustainable living and maintaining a safe water supply. I support securing water resources in an environmentally conscious way that also meets our future needs.

My opponent is Jason Nelson, a two term Republican incumbent who has taken money from most of the big business PAC’s in the state. He will not support environmental causes and I will. My campaign is well organized, understands the challenges and has the ability to win this seat. Check out my website for more info: nickforok.org

 

If you would like to learn more about Nick Singer check out his website nickforok.org, you can also find him on Twitter and Facebook.

Be sure to check out our other interviews as well.

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Disclaimer: Green Oklahoma doesn’t endorse any candidates. We urge our readers to learn about all of the candidates and make informed choices this year. And above all Green Oklahoma urges all Oklahomans to vote!

2012 Elections Interviews: Donald Cole Gallup

Green Oklahoma has been asking Oklahoma candidates where they stand on issues we feel are important to our readers. We hope these interviews will help our readers to make informed choices this election season.

Donald Cole Gallup is a republican running for State Representative in the State House District #25. We got the chance to ask him a few questions and here are his answers.


GO: First off, please tell us a little bit about yourself.

Gallup: (Campaign Bio) Donald Cole Gallup’s ancestors migrated to Oklahoma generations ago and were fundamental to the formation of our great state. The pioneering self-sufficient ideals from Oklahoma’s culture are practically engrained in his DNA. While his roots are humble and he did not have a lot of material wealth growing up, he managed to serve as an example of what determination and hard work can accomplish.

He joined the Navy at the age of 19 where he served in three military operations: Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Southern Watch, and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He circumnavigated the globe, earned enough credits for an associate’s degree, and self-published a book of poetry. After leaving the Navy he completed his Bachelors of Science in a year and a half, and a Master’s of Science two years later.

He also sculpted the Evolution of the American West in Pauls Valley Oklahoma, which was a sandstone sculpture of monumental portions, and created many works of art for local patrons that capture the heart
and soul of our great state.

He is currently working on his PhD in Psychology, serves as the vice-president for Ada Lodge #119, serves in the American Legion, and is on the Vestry Board for his local church.

He is married to Kaisa of North Dakota, and they have a 20 month old son named Jabe Atticus Gallup. He enjoys spending time with his family, helping to improve his community and raising their Newfoundland dogs.

Mr. Gallup is politically inspired from traditional old right ideology. He believes in personal responsibility, that liberty is the only path to a just society where the people with the greatest ability are free to pursue their goals and thus push the world forward, and that no one should pay penance for their virtues or the virtues of their ancestors.

GO: Why did you decide to run for state representative?

Gallup: I decided to run because enough people asked me to. They like my values, my history, and what I stand for.

GO: If elected what would you do, if anything, about current pollution issues?

Gallup: I would lower corporate taxes and encourage corporations to stay in America where they have to abide by our environmental legislation instead of the lack of legislation in the third world, in the third world they are doing global damage without any repercussions.

GO: What about energy issues?

Gallup: I personally love green energy, and cannot wait until it becomes competitive with oil and coal.

GO: What are your views on climate change?

Gallup: The world is getting warmer every day and there is no denying it, we just had the warmest March since the 1830’s. As a result we are going to have some serious changes in different regions, and we must individually prepare for that.

GO: And lastly, why do you think our readers should vote for you?

Gallup: If you are looking for a candidate who is going to take a commonsense view of the issues, and still strive to insure that you have the maximum level of personal liberty possible, I am your man.

When you were a child you were told to pick up you room, and to maintain a clean house; the globe is a further extension of our home, and just like we should not live in squalor in our homes we should not turn our planet into squalor. That is why I support a volunteerism society, that does all it can to help its fellow human being and every other living and nonliving thing on this planet. That is why I recycle, compost, and drive a 4 cylinder engine car as opposed to some gas guzzler. The current situation may be too big for just one person to change, but imagine if we all did our little part to make this a better place.

 

If you would like to learn more about Donald Cole Gallup check out his Facebook page Donald Cole Gallup for State House District #25.

Be sure to check out our other interviews as well.

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Disclaimer: Green Oklahoma doesn’t endorse any candidates. We urge our readers to learn about all of the candidates and make informed choices this year. And above all Green Oklahoma urges all Oklahomans to vote!

 

2012 Elections Interviews: Donna Bebo

Welcome to the first post from our series of interviews with Oklahoma candidates for the upcoming 2012 elections. In this series we will introduce you to the candidates and ask them about their views on the environment to help our readers make an informed choice when they vote.

Donna Bebo is a democrat running for United States Representative from the 4th Congressional District of Oklahoma. We got the chance to ask her a few questions and here are her answers.


GO: First off please tell us a little bit about yourself.

Bebo: I live in Fletcher with my husband, our children, and our two furry family members. Our family loves to cook. My husband has a pretty decent sized garden in our yard and he cans whatever we aren’t able to use right away. One of the things that probably makes our family unique is that my daughters and I are all vegetarians. But, my husband is an avid hunter and fisherman. To some people, this might seem like something that would create a lot of conflict. But, we respect each other’s differences and it works for us. Because of my love of animals and his love of the outdoors, we are both big supporters of conservation efforts.

GO: Why did you decide to run for US Congress?

Bebo: Like many of us, I have become more and more frustrated with our Congress. It seems like the only thing that matters to many politicians is winning the next election and gaining seats for their own party. In the midst of all of this bickering, the needs of the people get lost. We need to elect people to office who have no other goal than to serve the people. I think the only way to get representation like that is for regular Americans to stand up for themselves. That is exactly what I’m doing.

GO: If elected what would you do, if anything, about current pollution issues?

Bebo: I would stand against any attempt to loosen EPA clean air regulations. I’ve heard the claim that these regulations hurt job growth. I think that is a cowardly stance and we’ve all heard it before. It seems anything that big business isn’t in favor of gets charged with “hurting job growth”. They are holding us hostage and it’s wrong. The EPA estimates that up to 2500 lives could be saved thanks to their new regulations. These are the same regulations Tom Cole voted to put on hold.

I also think that violators of clean air regulations must be held accountable. If you poison our air… If you make our children sick… there will be consequences. We need to work with the EPA to make their enforcement efforts more effective. It seems that even when companies are found to be in violation, red tape tends to get in the way of efficient enforcement.

GO: What about energy issues?

Bebo: I’m very excited about the potential Oklahoma has to be a national leader in green energy. We have a jackpot of natural resources here. But, companies will generally only invest in what is profitable. It would be my job to make green energy initiatives attractive to existing energy companies and to help attract green start ups to our state. This growth would be encouraged by tax breaks and grant programs. Our nation already invests in environmentally sound energy practices. We need to bring that investment to Oklahoma. Energy companies can be profitable and still environmentally friendly. It would be my job to encourage and support those who invest in a greener Oklahoma.

GO: What are your views on climate change?

Bebo: Climate change is very real. We can either accept the scientific proof and work to correct our course or we can bury our heads in the sand and let our children and grandchildren deal with it. It’s my job as a mom to leave my children with a world that is better off… not worse. So, I choose to do my part to help our environment.

GO: And lastly, why do you think our readers should vote for you?

Bebo: Whenever people would encourage me to run for office, I would always say, “I’m not a politician.” More and more, I they replied, “That’s exactly why we need you to run!” And I think that’s exactly why people should vote for me. I’m not running for office because I want to get my name on some door. I’m running because I believe we deserve much better than the representation we’re getting right now. At the end of the day, I not only need to face myself in the mirror… I also need to be able to look each of my children in the eye and know that I’m living the example of who I want them to be. I don’t want any of our children to look back and see that we could have stood up… but, we chose to take the easy path instead!

 

If you would like to learn more about Donna Bebo check out her website Bebo for Congress, you can also find her on Twitter and Facebook.

Be sure to check out our other interviews as well.

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Disclaimer: Green Oklahoma doesn’t endorse any candidates. We urge our readers to learn about all of the candidates and make informed choices this year. And above all Green Oklahoma urges all Oklahomans to vote!