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An Educator's Voice, Lifting Oklahoma.

   Education is not a Democratic or Republican issue: it’s an Oklahoman issue.


11/18/2018 UPDATE:

The last 6 months have been a whirlwind. Taking the time to find common ground and to share an idea on someone's doorstep has been some of the most meaningful work I've ever engaged in. I am forever changed, and for the better. To the voters of House District 79, thank you for engaging and making your voice heard.

I am proud of the campaign we ran: honest, clean, and issues-focused. I am thankful to Dan Hicks for doing the same. We ran into each other many times while out knocking on doors. We talked ideas and shared a few laughs. That is how it should be.

To our volunteers, most of whom were EDUCATORS: THANK YOU. Quite simply, this could not have been done without you. Thank you for walking the walk.

Now it is time to get to work. Here we go.




If there is one thing the teacher walkout has revealed to me, it is that we, as Oklahomans, are not so far apart in our values and beliefs. I was, and still am, profoundly moved by the level of support from our community. This collaboration tells me three things:  

  1. Oklahomans are more alike than they are different.
  2. Oklahomans believe in reasonable funding of core services, such as the education of our children.
  3. We need more moderate voices in the Oklahoma House.

As a high school teacher-turned administrator, I’ve managed the budgets sent to us by the state legislature for the past decade.

Each year since 2009, we’ve had to cut classroom resources or staff.   It’s time put people in the state government that prioritize what matters most to Oklahomans: an educator who has had to manage those budgets year after year. 

We must continue the work we have begun to prioritize the quality of instruction and support our students receive. Even with the progress made in education funding, we are still well below 2009 funding levels, and a decade later, we have 50,000 more students in Oklahoma schools.  I want to be a voice for reason and fairness for the people of House District 79. I am Melissa Provenzano, and I am asking for your help and for your vote for Oklahoma House District 79 as the Democratic candidate in the General Election this November 6th. #Proven4Oklahoma



WATCH Melissa answer questions on the issues at the June 19th League of Women Voters Forum

Melissa answered many thoughtful and insightful questions at the League of Women Voters District 79 Candidate Forum. The full video is 97 minutes long and much can be learned about all the candidates. However, we have created a list of timestamps to learn what Melissa has to say on the issues

Topic Time

Opening                                             11:45

Education Funding                              19:29

The Veto Referendum Effort                 26:44

Collaboration is key                             30:04

Healthcare                                          39:27

Guns in Schools                                  43:07

Criminal Justice Reform                       49:36

Raising Revenue in Oklahoma              1:05:14

Top 3 State needs                               1:13:08

Closing                                              1:19:43



Saturday, November 3, 2018 12:00 AM

'We're just fed up': Teachers running for office in record numbers, motivated by low pay and education cuts

”Melissa Provenzano, a 14-year educator who is running as a Democrat for House District 79 in Tulsa, has spent the last decade balancing budgets as a high school administrator. Every year since 2009, she’s had to make devastating cuts. “We are down to the bone,” she said.

Thursday, October 25, 2018 12:00 AM


Melissa is proud to be endorsed for the General Election by the Tulsa Regional Chamber’s affiliated OklahomaBizPac.


“The OklahomaBizPac board met with these candidates for three full days with interviews scheduled back to back,” said Jay Helm, chair of OklahomaBizPac and president of American Residential Group. “All those interviews showed us that the bar is raised this election cycle, and the candidates we’re endorsing are of the highest caliber. We are really excited to have these men and women serve the Tulsa region and Oklahoma as a whole.”
“We evaluated candidates based on a set of criteria that included their aptitude for leadership, strategic thinking and willingness to collaborate,” Helm said. “We also weighed each candidate’s alignment with the OneVoice Regional Legislative Agenda.”

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 12:00 AM

Tulsa World Endorsement: Melissa Provenzano best choice for HD 79

Provenzano, an assistant principal and Democrat, has clear priorities focused on education, health and mental health care and criminal justice reform. She plans on a bipartisan approach to find areas of agreement to move the state forward.

Provenzano has a better understanding of government budgets and the need for reforms in areas such as education assessments and workforce development.



Tuesday, October 16, 2018 12:00 AM

The Race for House District 79 identified as one of the top 5 to watch.

"Some observers think this could be the most interesting race of all, however it turns out.”

The Tulsa World has identified the race for House District 79 as one of the top 5 races to watch. We’re out there every day knocking on doors and talking to voters. We have to say, based on reception from Democrats, Republicans, and Independents alike- we couldn’t agree more.

Sunday, September 9, 2018 12:00 AM

General election could bring more change to Oklahoma state government

"In Provenzano, he's up against the kind of educator and solid candidate that's flipped a few districts for the Democrats the past few years.”

A race to watch? We certainly agree!

Vote for Melissa - The common sense candidate for district 79



Provenzano for House District 79 2018
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