Carri Hicks is an Oklahoma educator that is running for office. She started her campaign almost a year ago by promoting awareness for the issues most important to her and door-to-door campaigning. I met Carri when she began her teaching career at Tulakes Elementary, she now teaches at Grove Valley in Deer Creek Public Schools. You can find more information about Carri and her campaign for Senate District here or on Facebook.
I wanted to interview Carri about her experiences as a teacher and a candidate for office, especially when considering our current political climate and the fact that we are in the midst of a teacher walkout in the state of Oklahoma. Yesterday, the first day of candidate filing, saw record numbers of individual filling for office. Our state may be at a tipping point for change or it may maintain the status quo. It is an exciting time to be in Oklahoma.
Below are the questions I prepared to ask Carri (there were some follow up questions in the podcast that are not included below):
- Tell us about your experience in education?
- What made you decide to run for office?
- What is the platform you are running on?
- How has your experiences as an education and as a mom helped you to define your platform?
- Why is it important for educators to run for office? Why is it important for more women to run for office?
- What do you think prohibits educators/women from running for office?
- What has been your biggest struggles/hurdles to running for office?
- How has the Oklahoma teacher walkout impacted your campaign?
- What steps do you think our legislators need to take to move our state forward? With what has happened in the month of April, what are your thoughts on change in our state?
- What advice do you have for people considering running for office?