My greatest professional achievement was working as a school counselor from 2009 to 2015 and representing teachers with Professional Educators of Norman for two years. I've resumed my work as a public interest attorney building upon my unique political experience in rural, suburban and urban areas. 

Oklahoma is my home where I've worked my entire career.  Oklahomans are good neighbors.  We care deeply about the well-being of others.  After every disaster we show the world what it means to be a "good neighbor." We are good enough and hardworking enough to deserve a state that is economically and socially secure to live, work, and enjoy family and friends. But, partisan bickering has caused a majority of legislators to vote against the best interests of Oklahomans. 

Voters in State Senate District 16 have a rare opportunity to vote for a candidate with an Oklahoma vision and voice focussed on building a better Oklahoma.  Learn more about my "Good Neighbor Campaign" by visiting my website.

Because of failed funding policies, Oklahoma's highly-trained teachers are leaving because they cannot afford to teach in Oklahoma. Now, our classrooms are being taught by emergency certified teachers who do not have the same high level of professional training, as envisioned in our historic House Bill 1017.  Many students do not have current textbooks, chairs, desks, heat and air-conditioning.  91 of our school districts hold school 4 of 5 days a week.  Teachers protested for stable funding, but the majority neglected to listen or respond.  Instead, they listened to partisan political leaders out-side of Oklahoma and cooperated in advancing the ambitions of a few. 

While practicing law I fought to overcome barriers help grandparents get their grandchildren out of DHS custody, women leave abusive spouses, men overcome parent alienation to gain custody or visitation of their children, foster children achieve permanent placements, teen mothers keep and raise healthy children, and homeless parents keep their children in school. 

As school counselor I became emotionally connected to the fearlessly compassionate and intelligent classroom teachers of Little Axe, and Norman Public Schools.  Each day I witnessed teachers' amazing acts of love and courage to overcome the despondency, disrespect and fatigue aggravated by failed state policies.  

My mind, heart, and passion were permanently transformed into a much wiser advocate. Working with teachers at my schools, I  helped children receive mental health care, food, shelter, clothing, eye-glasses, and friendship. While working at Adams Elementary I was able to start a pilot program for parents of English Language Learners to learn how to help their children with homework from a Spanish speaking teacher in their community center in the mobile home community where they lived.

This life-long work makes me confident that Oklahomans deserve better leaders who will listen to every voice.  Every voice matters to me.  I'm Ready.  And I'm Listening.


Show your support for this campaign by endorsing it and sharing why!

  • endorsed

    “Mary is the perfect balance of passion and reason. She is dedicated to investigating a range of perspectives that allow her to address complex issues with compassion.”

  • endorsed

    “Mary has the best interests of Oklahoma's children in her heart and actions. She will be a powerful advocate for education and a leader that we so desperately need in our state right now.”

  • endorsed

    “Mary and I met while both attending OU. I can assure you she is a person of good character and truly wants the best for her community and state. I can't think of a better qualified person to be our senator than Mary Boren! Good Luck!”

  • endorsed

    “Mary encompasses everything we need in a senator. Her preserverence, integrity, and her willingness to go above and beyond is unmeasurable. Mary has the ability to connect and build relationships that last a lifetime. She will be a true advocator for our teachers, students, and public education. We need Mary Boren!”

  • endorsed

    “Mary has the character, integrity, and leadership skills that we need at the Capitol. She is an advocate and friend to public education, our children and families, and the state of Oklahoma!”

  • endorsed

    “I endorse Mary Boren for Senate District 16 because she is a champion for the children of Oklahoma. She is a tireless advocate for children, families, and the most vulnerable of our community.”

  • endorsed

    “I endorse Mary Boren because her ability to fight through the mundane minutiae and details or order to achieve big-picture success is something that inspired me when we were on the same faculty at Adams Elementary in Norman. While serving the population of our school, which is Title 1 qualified, Mary Boren created impactful data collecting surveys for parents and teachers, helped students with emotional and academic needs and continuously showed me how to flourish as a working mom. During the time she worked at our school, I was able to observe her tenacity and passion for multicultural communities.”

April 10, 2018

I'm Ready

Dear Friends and Family,

Tomorrow I will file as a Democrat candidate for State Senate district 16. 

Because of your financial support, encouragement, prayers, and volunteering, this campaign has reached an important milestone. I am so very grateful and inspired by your involvement.

I'm excited to share with you, the video “I’m Ready”   to inspire you and your friends to join our campaign.  "I'm Ready" was produced by three college students Rahul Chakraborty, Victor A. Pozadas, and Thomas Massenat.  They found my campaign through an instructor at OCCC, Rachel Irick.  One goal I take seriously is including young people, to show them the ropes, and give them a chance to participate in democracy.  We spent a day in Norman, and Lexington while I shared my story and desire to serve Oklahomans. I hope you enjoy their work.

Within the next few days please share the video from my website maryboren.com to invite others to join our campaign to Restore Trust, Stabilize our State Budget, and Support our Schools with fully funded schools and parent involvement.

Our next fundraising goal is raise $3000.00 to mail information to voters before the primary. Every donation has great meaning and validates our message.  

Thank you for all your support,

Mary

December 28, 2017

Last call for 2017. Let's finish strong!

The campaign has grown steady and strong during the first 3 months.  More and more people have contributed, joined and volunteered to help build a better Oklahoma.

Check out the slide show on the website at www.maryboren.com.

Ending 2017 with hope would make our 2018 so much better.  Please donate $27.00 to our campaign.

September 24, 2017

Experienced Teachers make great Lawmakers

During the last week, several people have expressed the need for teachers to serve as lawmakers.  As the Oklahoma Legislature meets to balance the budget during the special session, voters are paying attention.  The cost and expense of a special session is on many voters' minds. One voter said that it is ridiculous and teachers who've been in the trenches are needed to make laws and funding choices that will bring stability to Oklahoma schools.

Also this week steps have been taken to finalize the invitation to the launch party.  Keep Friday October 27th from 5-7 pm on your calendar.  

I've also made some significant connections with local leaders who have all validated that there is a need for someone like me.  Someone who understands rural voters, who has teaching experience, and who has worked to advocate for the needs of hard working Oklahomans who just need a fair chance to compete.

Two main topics that came up during my various conversations have been education and health care.  We need both of these major services stabilized so that small business owners can keep good workers.


September 16, 2017

LAUNCH PARTY SET FOR OCTOBER 27 @ 5-7

We have a time and date selected for our launch party!

On October 27th from 5-7 p.m. we will be enjoying good appetizers from Abby Road, and great entertainment from Byron Jackson at the Rail House in Norman Oklahoma.  

The Rail House is only 2 blocks from Main Street, where the fall festival will take place that evening.  You'll be able to spend time with the most motivated, inspiring, and optimistic people in Oklahoma, and then join the halloween fun a few blocks away.  

The announcement is being designed and printed this week. Look for yours in the mail, and if you have friends, family or neighbors who you'd like to invite, email me at marybrownboren@gmail.com.


September 6, 2017

4 X 4 on Sept 6th

Tonight the campaign reached 4 endorsements and 4 contributions.  This is such an encouraging moment.  When we venture off together into an unknown direction, with the certainty that it is the right direction, small acts of encouragement mean so much.  Big thanks to all of you who have joined this effort.

August 30, 2017

Campaign created!

Show your support for this campaign by endorsing it and sharing why!

  • endorsed

  • endorsed

  • endorsed

    “Mary is the perfect balance of passion and reason. She is dedicated to investigating a range of perspectives that allow her to address complex issues with compassion.”

  • endorsed

    “Mary has the best interests of Oklahoma's children in her heart and actions. She will be a powerful advocate for education and a leader that we so desperately need in our state right now.”

  • endorsed

    “Mary and I met while both attending OU. I can assure you she is a person of good character and truly wants the best for her community and state. I can't think of a better qualified person to be our senator than Mary Boren! Good Luck!”

  • endorsed

    “Mary encompasses everything we need in a senator. Her preserverence, integrity, and her willingness to go above and beyond is unmeasurable. Mary has the ability to connect and build relationships that last a lifetime. She will be a true advocator for our teachers, students, and public education. We need Mary Boren!”

  • endorsed

    “Mary has the character, integrity, and leadership skills that we need at the Capitol. She is an advocate and friend to public education, our children and families, and the state of Oklahoma!”

  • endorsed

    “I endorse Mary Boren for Senate District 16 because she is a champion for the children of Oklahoma. She is a tireless advocate for children, families, and the most vulnerable of our community.”

  • endorsed

    “I endorse Mary Boren because her ability to fight through the mundane minutiae and details or order to achieve big-picture success is something that inspired me when we were on the same faculty at Adams Elementary in Norman. While serving the population of our school, which is Title 1 qualified, Mary Boren created impactful data collecting surveys for parents and teachers, helped students with emotional and academic needs and continuously showed me how to flourish as a working mom. During the time she worked at our school, I was able to observe her tenacity and passion for multicultural communities.”