We are one of the Reddest state in the nation.
There's just a large part of our population that is just not
being served by our state government.
Tulsa wants to be a great place and it can be a great place, but
there's just still a lot of work that needs to be done.
I had taken a semester off of school.
I kind of didn't really know what I was doing.
I was kind of drifting around a bit.
My Uncle John invited me to come visit him in Tulsa.
I didn't really know at the time what I was getting into.
I always wanted to be a public school teacher.
I never wanted to be anything more.
But what I saw of year after year, the budget gets cut for education
The legislature doesn't seem to be investing in public education
and a lot of politicians out there don't even seem to believe
in the mission of public education anymore.
Back in July or September 2015, I did something stupid on Facebook
and I pronounced that I was gonna run for a Senate seat.
It's like Santa's workshop here.
A lot of our cynicism about politics comes from a lack of participation
I always say this but Oklahoma needed another progressive
If 18 to 35 year olds reliably voted, we would have the student
loan problem fixed tomorrow.
We need more young people to care.
They are mentioning stuff about different candidates.
Which ones would help the Latinos more than others.
Everyone wants to be super active.
But then again time passes, every single time time passes
people get comfortable again, they figure, oh, I'm just
going to deal with it.
I got off of the plane.
It was 100 degrees out.
We went home, ate some leftover pasta that was in the fridge
for lunch and then immediately started knocking doors.
Oftentimes I find myself going back to fix the mistakes of
junior campaign staffers and volunteers and I've never had
that problem with Andre.
I was sort of blown away.
She's a quick study and picks up the stuff very quickly.
But on top of that, she has a work ethic that you don't see very
often door to door canvassing.
It's when you go door to door down the street, knock on doors
Are you going to vote for my candidate?
It's been said to be one of the most influential pieces of at
least local politics.
So you get the idea of whether somebody wants to vote for your
All right, not home.
Do you have an idea of whether or not you would continue to support
And would you be interested in getting a yard sign when the
Thank you so much, ma'am.
I think the best thing that people can do is just be involved
with politics on a small scale as possible.
You do have a voice.
It's just not going to come up every four years when you vote
for president to make real change.
It takes the stuffing envelopes and it takes the knocking
doors and the things that might be a little less fun.
But if you care about these things, it's the most important
work that you can do.
It feels amazing like the envelope stuffing last night or
over the summer when we would be holding door knocking events
all of the people showing up who support John and who support
the same beliefs that we have.
It's exciting too to watch it all change and to feel like I'm
working to make that change right now.
I'm at the ground floor of what could be a really great movement
I had a lot of people working with me with a lot of experience
and contact but Andrea made the team work together and her
I couldn't put a price on it.
Our district was 53% Republican and 35% Democrat, but we ended
up winning 47% of the vote.
That's something I'm incredibly proud of, we made such a huge