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U.S. Senate candidate Connie Johnson to speak Sept 8 at Canadian County Democrats’ monthly meeting

posted Aug 31, 2014, 10:20 PM by Jody Harlan   [ updated Apr 26, 2016, 10:05 PM ]
YUKON, Okla. – Candidate for U.S. Senate Connie Johnson will speak to the Canadian County Democrats and friends at 7 p.m. on Monday, September 08. The public is invited to attend the meeting at the Yukon Police Department, 100 S. Ranchwood Boulevard.

Senator Johnson, who served as a state senator in Oklahoma City’s District 48 for nine years, defeated her opponent with 58 percent of the vote in the primary runoff election on August 26.

“As the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate, I will fight to bring common sense and strong Oklahoma values to Washington,” Senator Johnson said. “I’ll fight to expand job opportunities for our state and nation, strengthen our public schools, and reform our criminal justice system.

Johnson believes “hardworking Oklahomans deserve a government that works for them, not one that favors special interests over theirs.

“That’s why, as your U.S Senator, my door will always be open to you, not just Washington lobbyists,” Johnson explained.
When she was an Oklahoma state Senator, Johnson authored legislation on issues such as health and mental health, disability, public safety, education, energy and the environment.

She served as a member of the full Senate Appropriations Committee, the Appropriations Subcommittees on Health and Human Services and Public Safety. She also served on the Health and Human Services, Energy, Finance, Rules, Public Safety, Transportation and Veterans standing committees.

As the daughter of two teachers and as a product of public education, Johnson understands “the critical role a properly funded public education system plays in ensuring every student has the opportunity to rise to their individual potential.”
She has fought for sensible criminal justice system reform, making sure our sentencing and drug laws are smarter and fairer. She has advocated for marijuana policy reform to address the over criminalization of simple possession and to address its health benefits for suffering Oklahomans—including children who suffer from seizures, veterans who suffer from PTSD, and chronically and terminally ill citizens in our great state.

An outspoken advocate for Oklahoma’s women, fighting to eliminate health disparities and domestic violence, Sen. Johnson’s actions to protect Oklahoma women’s reproductive health rights aired in a segment of Jon Stewart’s Daily Show, “Bro. Choice,” which helped lead to the defeat of SB 1433, the “Personhood” Bill, in 2012.

Senator Johnson has sponsored forums and programs promoting education and awareness about prevention and management of diabetes, stroke and cancer, and trained numerous groups in the legislative process.
Her exposure to advocacy began at age six when Johnson’s family moved from rural Oklahoma to Oklahoma City where they lived next door to Nettie Jackson, a woman who awakened in Johnson’s mother “a spirit of advocacy on behalf of a better quality of life for all people.

“That spirit runs in my blood today,” Senator Johnson said.

The Canadian County Democrats regularly meet at 7:00 p.m. on the second Monday of each month, except December, at the Yukon Police Department. For more information, phone 405-354-3189.