Oklahoma teachers are swarming to run for office

By Isabella Gomez and Lindsay Benson,

Updated 4:49 PM ET, Thu April 12, 2018

Oklahoma teachers have been rallying at the state Capitol for eight days, but on Wednesday, many showed up for a new reason — to register to run for office.

The window to file candidacy opened at 8 a.m. as dozens of people lined up to turn in their paperwork.
Laura Griesel, who was at the Capitol for most of last week, feels that many legislators are not hearing her concerns. The best way to change that, she believes, is to become a representative herself.
“If nothing else I would listen to the people that live in my district, and what they want to do,” she told CNN. “And be open to what it is that they want to see happen in Oklahoma, and not necessarily what my own personal standpoint is on things.”
Griesel teaches seventh and eighth grade science at El Reno Public Schools. She feels frustrated that there are not enough textbooks for students to take home and study with. She also has to apply for grants and donations in order to get basic lab equipment for her classroom.
“And it seems insane to me that we have to go to those lengths to get basic supplies. Things that every student across the world should have — textbooks,” the 32-year-old added.
With a 3-year-old child and another on the way, Griesel also worries about making ends meet on her and her husband’s teacher salaries. They desperately believe a change is needed.
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8-week-old Camilla Hicks watches as her mom, Carri, fills out paperwork after filing for state Senate District 40. Carri is a teacher in Deer Creek.


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