2022 Primary Candidates OKDemVets Questionnaire Responsese

Please note: these are answers to our questionnaires, not endorsements.

Candidates for OK County Commissioner

  • OK County Commissioner District 1: Carrie Blumert

  • OK County Commissioner District 3: Jay Bridwell 

  • OK County Commissioner District 3: Cathy Cummings

Candidates for District Attorney

  • Oklahoma County: Mark Myles

More responses will be posted as they are received from candidates.

 

Candidates for Oklahoma County Commission

Carrie Blumert

Candidate for County Commissioner District 1

www.CarrieBlumert.com 

facebook.com/carrieblumert 

1. Are you a veteran of the US Armed Forces?

No.

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

Yes, both grandfathers served in WWII and brother-in-law served in Korea. 


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

Mental Health Support

Affordable Housing


4. In what way can you be helpful to veterans and military families if elected to office?

I would love to use County ARPA funds to invest in veterans’ services including but not limited to affordable housing, mental health and addiction services, social support programs. I have been in contact with several groups interested. 




Jay Bridwell

Candidate for Oklahoma County Commissioner District 3


https://www.jaybridwell.com/

https://www.facebook.com/JayForOk



1. Are you a veteran of the US Armed Forces?


Yes. USAF, MSgt (E-7), 24 years. Two deployment to Iraq, served in Europe & in Asia. Served at US Disciplinary Barracks at Ft Leavenworth. Served at Substance Abuse Policy in DC.


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


Yes. I am the Mental Health Advisor for Warriors for Freedom. I was the North Care Liaison for the Veterans Diversion Program of Oklahoma County.


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


I consider mental health/substance abuse policy & treatment & homelessness.


4. In what way can you be helpful to veterans and military families if elected to office?


I can ensure funding continues to support the Veterans Diversion Program and Veterans Treatment Court.

Cathy Cummings
Candidate for Oklahoma County Commissioner District 3


cummingsforoklahomacounty.com

facebook.com/VoteforCathy/

1. Are you a veteran of the US Armed Forces?


I am not a Veteran


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


I have so many connections, but most are family members: currently, 1 cousin in active duty in the Marine Corps, Charlie Winston. My father, James Bradley, was in the Army and served in the Korean War. My Grandfather, Corporal Thomas Sicola served in The Army in 1918. My Great Great Uncle was General Omar Bradley! And then, there’s a few of my dear friends, Former Mayor of The Village David Bennett, John Pettyjohn and Calvin Reese.

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


One of the most important issues facing our Veterans first and foremost, is giving them recognition for their bravery and their service, and most of all, to so many who gave the ultimate sacrifice to our Country. We don’t do near enough to protect and support them when they return home. There is a huge lapse in mental health and health services in general. It’s a tragedy that a vast number of Veterans are homeless because of mental health issues or addiction issues, or they can’t get the help they need to find counseling services, decent jobs ,and affordable housing.

4. In what way can you be helpful to veterans and military families if elected to office?


If elected, I would like to do more to support Veterans here in Ok County. I would rely on your organization’s expertise on how I can make that happen. One of the most important things I would like to do is spend a portion of the ARPA money to build Mental Health Facilities! Hopefully, they can work “with” the VA hospitals. To fill in the gaps where services are lacking.


Currently, our biggest mental health facility is in our OK County Detention Center. It’s a tragic situation.
I also think by recognizing the sacrifices by our beloved Veterans,  in a County Commissioner meeting so it will be public and open to all!


When I was Mayor of The Village, Myself, and Vice Mayor David Bennett, who served in Afghanistan put on a huge Veterans Day event in The Village to honor and recognize Veterans and active duty service members. We had over 75 people from the community attend. Including about 25 veterans.
While on the Village City Council, one of our citizens, makes handmade quilts to honor Veterans and recognize their sacrifices. They are very touching ceremonies. And each quilt is made to have a special meaning  to each recipient. It’s just wonderful.  John Pettyjohn was one of the recipients. And my special guest.


MARK MYLES
Candidate for Oklahoma County District Attorney


electmarkmyles.com

1. Are you a veteran of the US Armed Forces? If so, what were your branch, rank, years of service: Mention any details you might want voters to know.

I am not a veteran.

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


Yes, I have connections, the closest of which is my father who served as an Army artillery officer for twenty years with three tours in Germany, two in Vietnam and one in South Korea. I also have friends who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, and I have represented veterans in criminal cases in Oklahoma.


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

families?


As it relates to the office I seek, veterans are sometimes charged with crimes that are a consequence of the aftereffects of military service. Tothat end receiving appropriate mental health support and services to assist reintegration into civilian life is essential. Once a person is charged with a crime, appropriate diversion programs are vital to assist in the resolution of the charges and further help the veteran reenter society without the burden of criminal convictions.


4. In what ways can you be helpful to veterans and military families if elected to office? This may, of course, include policies not specifically directed to those communities. If you are an incumbent, include relevant measures you have supported in the past.


I am not the incumbent but I am fully supportive of programs and diversion programs designed to assist veterans. As a defense attorney I have successfully plead veterans into Veteran’s Court, (a diversion program in Oklahoma County). I will continue to champion diversion programs such as Veteran’s Court, community sentencing, and Remerge to help men and women who have served our country get the help they need as an alternative to prison. Those programs can work with the Veteran’s Administration to improve the quality of life of our veterans and my policy will be to support such programs.

 

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