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An Educator's Voice, Lifting Oklahoma.

The General Election is November 6th.

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. As I stood on the Capitol lawn and on street corners in a demonstration with my peers, as well as when I visited with our state senators and representatives to encourage them to fully fund education, I was, and still am, profoundly moved by the level of support from our community. I saw support not only from parents and students but also from community organizations providing safe places to go as well as big and small business owners donating supplies, food, gas cards, and more.
This collaboration tells me three things:
  1. Oklahomans are more alike than they are different.
  2. Oklahomans take care of one another.
  3. We need more moderate voices in our Oklahoma House and Senate.
Education is not a Democratic or Republican issue: it’s an Oklahoman issue.

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



Thursday, June 14, 2018 12:00 AM

Oklahoma Educator's Association member of the Educator's Caucus: Melissa Provenzano

I am honored to be identified as part of the Educator’s caucus by the OEA for 2018.

As an educator, I've worked tirelessly to ensure that the children of Tulsa have access to a well-rounded social and academic school-going experience. Developing in each student the skills and abilities that allow them to be successful in life beyond high school as career and college-ready citizens is crucial to our long-term success. It's time to expand that supportive leadership role to the citizens of Oklahoma


Wednesday, June 13, 2018 12:00 AM


Melissa is proud to be endorsed in the primary 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, June 6, 2018 12:00 AM

Oklahoma Watch: When Women Run, Women Win.

"This year, there will be nearly four times as many women running for the same number of seats. And following a trend across the nation, women will be better represented on the ballot than in at least a decade – and likely ever. "


Tuesday, June 5, 2018 12:00 AM

Tulsa World Candidate Review

"Provenzano was on the front lines of April’s statewide teacher walkout. The Democrat said she was inspired by how many people — parents, students, small business owners and faith leaders — cared about funding education."


“As I went and I stood on the Capitol lawns and on the street corner with my peers … (I realized) that education is not a Democratic or a Republican value, but that it is an Oklahoman value,” she said."

Monday, May 21, 2018 12:00 AM

Mental Health in Tulsa County

1 in 7 Tulsa residents are living with mental illness, with a life expectancy that is 27 years shorter than their fellow Oklahomans. Those unable to afford adequate treatment and care often end up in Oklahoma jails and prisons, at an annual cost of $23,000 per person versus community-based treatment and outpatient care facilities at $2,000. Early intervention and prevention is the critical first step in working to reduce these alarming statistics. We can do better!


Provenzano for House District 79 2018
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