My name is Cyndi Ralston.  For the last thirty years, it has been my honor to teach the children of Northeast Oklahoma, first with Broken Arrow Public Schools and now with Haskell Public Schools.  I am now running as a Democrat to represent the people of District 12 in the Oklahoma State House of Representatives.  

I had not planned to make this announcement public until after I had filed for office, but the events of the day have moved me to do so now.  As an educator, my campaign will, of course, be focused on issues regarding our schools, including teacher and staff pay, classroom funding, and creating opportunities for our children.  I will also focus on issues affecting my district including healthcare and criminal justice reform.

At the core of why I am running, though, is respect.  As I’m sure many of you know, the current Representative for District 12, Kevin McDugle, released a video this morning in which he disrespected and denigrated teachers and administrators who have come to the capitol to protest the legislature’s wholly inadequate support for education.  To be honest, I never imagined before the last few months that I would run for office.  I have been politically active my entire adult life, but I was happy to serve my community by teaching and caring for my students.  It would still be easy for me to bury my head in the sand and ignore what is happening at 23rd and Lincoln.  But I cannot do that.  For years, my profession has been under siege by our legislature.  Budget cut after budget cut have forced us to do ever more with ever less, and it cannot continue on this path.  When my colleagues and I have visited our Republican representatives and senators, we have been brushed off, if not outright lied to.  Republican members of the legislature have made it crystal clear that they do not believe they work for us, that our concerns do not matter.  That disrespect was given a name and a face this morning when Representative McDugle posted his video.  I cannot, I will not stand idly by any longer.  If Kevin McDugle won’t fight for teachers and students, then I will.  If Kevin McDugle won’t back parents over oil companies, I will.  If Kevin McDugle won’t treat his constituents with respect and dignity, I will.

It's time for a change in Oklahoma, and I will be that change.  Please follow this page for further information and announcements as my campaign gets up to speed.  I will soon have my website, online donation system, and campaign literature up and ready to go.  In the meantime, please send me a message here!  I look forward to getting out and meeting my neighbors in District 12 and working to be a Representative the district can be proud of!


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    “Wisconsin teachers are behind you!!”

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    “She stands up for the children of Oklahoma. Our children need a voice and she can be that!”

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    “I want to support a candidate who is sincerely interested in the future of education in Oklahoma.”

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    “We need someone who can speak for the teachers.”

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    “Cyndi will be an amazing representative!”

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    “Public Education needs all our support - what better way to do that than by putting some great teachers in the Government!”

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    “I support a teacher with 30 yrs experience running to save Oklahoma schools”

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    “I support Cyndi Ralston’s campaign because I’m one of her sisters in education. I teach in Arkansas, and I stand in solidarity with the educators of Oklahoma. Make your red state blue, so you can take care of students AND your own families!!!”

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    “Its about time.”

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    “I support Cyndi because she is an educator and because too many of our ignorant, arrogant legislators have run unopposed for too long.”

April 6, 2018

ANOTHER goal passed!

We have exceeded our third fundraising goal today! In Oklahoma, candidates are officially allowed to file their candidacy with the State Election Board Wednesday, April 11 - Friday, April 13. I am going to file on April 11th.  Let’s try something really crazy. Let’s make it to $20,000 before Wednesday!

April 5, 2018

Goal #2 met!

We have cruised right on past our second fundraising milestone this morning!  Here is our new challenge:  In Oklahoma, candidates are officially allowed to file their candidacy with the State Election Board next Wednesday - Friday (April 11 - April 13).  I am going to file on April 11th.  The new goal is to hit $10,000 before I file on the 11th!

April 4, 2018

What A Response!

We have blown right through our first fundraising goal of $1,000 in just a couple of hours!  Next goal:  $5,000.  We are already more than half way there!  Thank you so much for all your support and your generous donations!

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