Name: Nikki Nice
Office sought: Senate District 48

  1. Have you ever served in the US Armed Forces? If so, what were your branch, rank and years of service? Mention any details you might want voters to know.

    I personally have not served in the armed forces that protect these United States including Oklahoma. Many people in my life have given me a balance of experiences about military life and this has influenced my efforts to align my duties as the Councilwoman for Ward 7 with supporting programs and projects to assist veterans.

    Currently I am in conversation with a local veteran’s group to assist with housing in Northeast Oklahoma City for veterans. I also assisted with the efforts to commission a mural honoring Medal of Honor recipient Captain Riley L. Pitts and other black veterans at the Pitts recreation center and park in Oklahoma City.

    Captain Pitts was the first black officer to receive the medal of honor and graduated from Douglass High School, the heart of my community. I am also working with our EMBARK (Public transportation) to ensure that there is a committed bus stop at the VA Hospital with our Bus Rapid Transit service that will be prioritizing a northeast bus route with under 15 minute frequency service.

  2. Do you have connections with veterans or active-duty service members, including but not limited to family ties?

    I have had many interactions with members of my family and friends who have served and are currently serving. I constantly sing their praises for their service in protecting our freedoms. My uncles Alfred, Alonzo, Lloyd and Harry, (Swanegan) served in different branches of the military, Army, Air Force and Navy. My significant other’s son enlisted in the Air Force last year and it has been an honor and privilege to watch him develop and grow as a young and determined airman.

    My assistant campaign manager is an Army veteran who rose to the rank of Army Colonel. He often gives me valuable advice on matters that affect veterans.

  3. What do you consider the most important issues facing veterans and military families?

    Housing, healthcare, and securing VA benefits. When our veterans come home, they are looking for reinstatement back into a community that may be new or familiar. They have sacrificed their wellbeing to protect our lives and to defend freedom and democracy for us as U.S. citizens. They deserve adequate housing, and this is why I am continuing to work with a northeast veteran’s group and others to secure housing for our veterans. In healthcare, we must do better by our veterans and their families to ensure they have access to healthcare benefits. Returning military members should also be entitled benefits from their duties protecting our country and as a Senator in the Oklahoma State Senate I will work to ensure our many veterans’ benefits are enhanced by this state.

  4. In what ways can you be helpful to Veterans and military families if elected to office? These may of course include policies not specifically directed to those communities. If you are an incumbent, include initiatives you have already undertaken.

    The VA Hospital and the Oklahoma Veterans Affairs office are both located in Senate District 48. I will make continuous efforts to communicate with administrators, executives, staff, and veterans to listen and gather information related to their needs, while working to create legislation that will help veterans and their families know they are supported. The needs of housing, healthcare and VA benefits will remain a priority. It is important to hear from veterans and their family about past and current issues to impact better legislation.