Native Oklahoman and Edmond Attorney, Kathy Wallis, officially launched her campaign Tuesday seeking the Democratic nomination for Oklahoma House of Representatives District 96. The seat is currently occupied by state Rep. Lewis Moore, R-Edmond. Wallis says she is running for office because “we have serious issues facing our state and need representation that will work for all Oklahomans.” She believes we deserve a representative that will serve Oklahoma with leadership, courage and experience to take effective action for our district and state.
“Oklahoma is my home and I want the best for our communities to grow and prosper and that is not what we currently have,” Wallis said. “During the nine-day teacher walkout, I was one of the over 200 Girl Attorneys who marched to the State Capitol to stand up for our teachers and support them in their fight for more resources for our public school classrooms and I had the opportunity to sit down with Rep. Moore. I walked out of that 20 minute meeting knowing Lewis Moore does not care about the best interest of Oklahomans or its public schools and immediately texted my husband, Dennis, ‘I am running! Enough is enough!’”
Kathy Wallis grew up in rural Oklahoma outside of Washington, in McClain County, and is a product of the Washington Public Schools. After graduating from high school, Kathy earned her teaching degree from the University of Science and Arts in Vocational Home Economics in December 1983. Kathy is the first person in her family to graduate from college and secondary education.
“Lewis Moore is completely disconnected with what hard working Oklahoma families need — funding for public education that provides proper tools for our children, teachers and districts, economic growth that will create quality jobs with a livable wage for rural and metro citizens, affordable and accessible healthcare, and transparency in our state government operations and spending,” Wallis states.
“I passionately believe that we can turn things around and better all the communities in District 96. That is why I am running for the Oklahoma House of Representatives. I am absolutely committed to working hard for every community in House District 96 — toward revitalizing and ensuring a bright future for every resident,” Wallis said.
“I know without a doubt that our communities can once again be places where we all thrive, and where our children and grandchildren will want to live and work and raise their families.” Kathy and Dennis have been married for more than 30 years and have a son, Chad, who attended Edmond Public Schools, has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Oklahoma and will soon graduate from the University of Oklahoma Law School.
Throughout her career, Kathy has worked in various fields, most of which focused on customer service and training for companies in the Oklahoma City area, including Bob Howard Auto Group. Beginning when Chad was a 3 year old, Kathy worked full time and attended classes full time to obtain her law degree, from Oklahoma City University School of Law, graduating Cum Laude. Upon graduation Kathy served as In-house Counsel for Bob Howard Auto Group and served their company for more than 20 years.
Kathy knows the struggles of owning a business and being responsible for putting food on the table for families besides her own. In 2006, Kathy founded the Wallis Law Group in Edmond. Their primary areas of practice are business law and estate planning.
Kathy and Dennis are charter members of Acts 2 United Methodist Church, where Kathy serves as a mentor mom for Mothers of Preschoolers and on the Board of Trustees and often leads bible study.
Kathy serves on the Board of Directors and is as a volunteer cook for Edmond Mobile Meals. Kathy has been a member of two drilling teams traveling to Guatemala to provide clean water wells and education in conjunction with Living Water International, and has traveled to Haiti to assist in building a rural school. She and Dennis are also supporters of Family Builders, Free to Live, and Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, as well as other local based charities.
“When we come together and put people and common sense — not politics — first, we can make great things happen throughout this state. You deserve better! Oklahoma deserves better!”
Kathy is facing a democratic opponent in the June 26 primary election.