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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



Thursday, August 23, 2018 12:00 AM

The Red Apple Wave Headed to the Capital

TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) — If you thought the walkout ended when the last teacher left the capitol earlier this year, think again.


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 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!


Monday, May 21, 2018 12:00 AM

Santa Fe School Shooting

That Friday, a student asked me “Do you think that could ever happen here, Mrs. Provenzano?”
I’m going to do everything I can to make sure it doesn’t.
 "It's been happening everywhere. I've always kind of felt like that eventually it was going to happen here, too," Santa Fe High School student Paige Curry told Houston television station KTRK. "I don't know. I wasn't surprised. I was just scared.

Saturday, May 19, 2018 12:00 AM

Sample Ballots Now Available for Preview- Primary is June 26th!

Check your registration, find your polling location and preview your ballot before you go to the polls.    The primary is June 26th!

Sunday, April 15, 2018 12:00 AM

Green Country Educators Running for Office

Educated voices lift Oklahoma.

Melissa speaks with KOTV Channel 6 about the groundswell of community-wide support that cemented her decision to run.

Thursday, April 12, 2018 12:00 AM

Oklahoma Teachers Run for Office

CNN: Imagine what we could do here in Oklahoma with a fully funded educational experience. Melissa speaks about the funding drain and the unifying energy of the teacher walkout across party lines, across communities, and in support of individuals and families across the state! #Proven4Oklahoma

 Click to Watch the video

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 12:00 AM

Candidate Filing Day 1

TULSA WORLD:Filing day has arrived. Melissa is proud to announce her candidacy for House District 79 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. It is time to bring back the voice of reason, moderation and support to the Oklahoma Legislature. #Proven4Oklahoma

Sunday, April 8, 2018 12:00 AM

How will the teacher walkout affect candidate filing?

TULSA WORLD:  Melissa declares her candidacy as Representative for State House District 79.

Provenzano for House District 79 2018
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