For Immediate Release: 11/3/2018
Jennie Scott for HD41
Recently, in Sunday School, we were asked to ponder the question, “What are you willing to give up to be in relation with those who believe differently than you?” My immediate response: my moral high ground. I will admit to you that righteous anger drove me to file for office. When I moved back to this land I love, I was met with an opioid epidemic, underfunded schools, hospitals on the brink of closing, overcrowded prisons, and a dissatisfaction that has become palpable. I will also admit that I helped instigate the Teacher Walkout in Enid. I was bone tired at “making it work” and angry at being told “no” over and over again. When I saw teachers across the state unite, I had hope. But then we started talking to legislators. After two weeks of being ignored, talked down to, and even lied to, I decided I’d had enough. I knew my odds, but I decided to run anyway.
I love Oklahoma. At my grandmother’s Thanksgiving table, all were welcome. Growing up, I watched my mother and father quietly help fellow farmers, students and church members. It is that ingrained generous spirit I carry with me now. We are at a crossroads in which Oklahomans can continue to fight small battles with each other while the needs of the next generation fall on deaf ears. Or, we can rise, united in the same spirit of the Oklahoma Standard I know and love, working together for a state that we can be proud of.
I don’t want to make promises that I can’t keep. However, I can confidently say I will always vote with the everyday Oklahoman in mind. . And what I can promise is more important. I promise to be a listening ear, a faithful presence and a voice that initiates dialogue and works tirelessly to find solution that we can all live with. Over the course of two seasons, I have knocked thousands of doors. I have listened to stories, struggles, frustrations, and ideas. From this, my righteous anger has turned to determination. When I report to the Capitol in 2019 to create and vote on legislation, I will carry your voices with me.
My name is Jennie Scott. I’m a mom, a wife, a teacher, and an Oklahoman. On November 6th, I’m asking for your vote to be your next State Representative of House District 41.
Thank you and God Bless