(iVote) As a teacher in Tulsa, Republican Katie Henke said that addressing the state’s education system was first and foremost in her mind when she filed for the House District 71 seat.
Henke, 31 of Tulsa, teaches pre-kindergarten at Riverfield Country Day School in Tulsa. With regard to education, she said the Priority Academic Student Skills, or PASS, standards need to be raised. Everything should also be done to ensure that high school graduates are prepared for college and do not have to take remedial classes, she said.
If elected, Henke said she would also like to address economic development and roads and bridges.
Henke has never sought public office before. She decided to seek the open House seat because, “I think that there needs to be good leadership,” she said. “And, I’m willing to step up to do that.”
Henke is seeking the House District 71 seat, which was left vacant when former Rep. Dan Sullivan, R-Tulsa, left the Legislature to assume his new position with the Grand River Dam Authority.