With the current price of oil and gas, money is flowing into the coffers of Oklahoma. Let's take advantage of that intelligently and set ourselves up for future economic success.
It starts by investing in public education and small businesses and by bringing the people back to the table, including regular citizens and the native tribes.
Our executive branch has been known to cut backroom deals for pet projects recently. These have cost our tax payers millions of dollars with little to show in return.
I will set checks and balances requiring our lawmakers to certify that the Open Meeting Act was followed before our taxpayers' money can be disbursed. No Swadley's deal on my watch!
A native of Belgium, Charles moved to America as an exchange student. After graduating in Finance with the highest GPA in his class, he embarked into what would become a more than two-decades long adventure in Banking and Finance. After working at MidFirst Bank, one of the nation's most profitable banks, he joined the Oklahoma Water Resources Board. He currently lends money to municipalities throughout the Great State of Oklahoma. Because the bonds he manages have the highest credit rating in the country, his borrowers are able to borrow money at lower interest rates than the capitol can. This saves millions to municipalities, businesses, and Oklahomans each year.
Charles is the only Certified Public Funds Investment Manager in the race. He is also the only banker in the race whose practices were not called "unsafe and unsound" by the FDIC. He looks forward to returning transparency, financial stewardship, and sound investment practices to the capitol.
Charles lives between OKC and Jones with his wife Eileen, his in-laws, and two of his three kiddos. Child number one recently began college life at the University of Oklahoma. A proud Christian, Charles believes that Loving Your Neighbor begins with being accountable to all taxpayers for every dollar spent or earned.
Along with tracking economic data and working on all things financial, the treasurer is responsible for managing an entire state agency and for making financial and economic recommendation to the legislature. As a member of the state's Executive Branch, the treasurer works closely with the governor, lieutenant governor, and more.
The State Treasurer also manages Unclaimed Property, the 529 College Savings Plan, and more. Charles has the background, passion, and credentials necessary to ensure that our taxpayers' money is managed with the proper checks and balances we all deserve.
PROTECT OUR CHILDREN by making sure our law makers don't hand Public Education Money to private businesses. The proper checks and balance will take care of that: Unless our lawmakers can show that a decision was made in agreement with the Open Meeting Act and in line with what the funds were earmarked for, I will not allow a disbursement to be made.
SAFEGUARD OUR TAXPAYERS' MONEY by preventing backroom deals. Swadley's contract is one example among many. Again, adding proper check and balances will ensure that funds are not disbursed until it can be shown that the decision was made legally and openly.
REUNITE OKLAHOMANS WITH THEIR MONEY by more seriously managing their Unclaimed Property funds. If the state is able to find Oklahomans who owe taxes, shouldn't it be able to find people to whom it owes money? Facebook searches, data research, and hands-on assistance to our citizens at county fairs are some of the ways we can help bring that money back in the hands of Oklahomans.
CUT COSTS AT THE STATE TREASURER'S OFFICE by re-engaging its workforce. Currently, only 40% of the State Treasurer's employees believe that their executive leaders' communication with trustworthy and credible (click on .Survey at the bottom of this page for more information). I look forward to the opportunity to turn that around. It will begin by showing trust in my employees and maintaining an "open door" policy when in the office.
BRING NATIVE AMERICANS BACK TO THE TABLE, which will translate into a better economy for all of us. Viewing Oklahoma's 39 tribal nations as partners rather than obstacles will be the first step. And, unlike my opponent, I have never had anything negative to say about our Native friends (click on .Native at the bottom of this page for more information).
GROW A STRONG ECONOMY by focusing on long-term investments rather than short-term band-aids. Our children and our small businesses deserve it!
MAINTAIN CREDIBILITY IN THE TREASURER'S OFFICE. The bank where I worked before I joined the state to lend money to Oklahoma municipalities is strong, safe, and well-run bank that has received countless awards. My opponent's latest bank had to be assisted by the FDIC, which called his banking practices "unsafe and unsound." I am your "safe and sound" option, and I humbly ask for your vote this November.