Bill Day, a Broken Arrow resident and Republican candidate for Oklahoma State Senate District 36, will participate in the Tulsa Classroom Teachers Association East Tulsa Candidate Forum Thursday, June 14. The event will take place at East Central High School from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The school is located at 12150 E 11th St in Tulsa.
Day has recently participated in similar forums hosted by the Broken Arrow PTA Council as well as the Union PTA Council, in which he excelled in sharing his passion for the future of the state of Oklahoma.
He believes fervently that he is the only candidate for Senate District 36 with the necessary experience in both the technology industry and public education sectors to solve Oklahoma’s pressing needs for economic innovation and first class public education. With more than two decades of experience in the technology industry and with experience on the Broken Arrow Public Schools Long Range Planning Committee, it’s easy to see why Day is energized about improving Oklahoma’s future through the power of economic growth built upon public education.
“I believe that an excellent public education system directly fuels economic growth, creating new businesses and well-paying jobs. Done right, they work hand in hand. We need to be first class in both.”
With two children of his own attending Broken Arrow Public Schools and his wife, Jennifer, working for the district as a speech-language therapist, the state of public education in Oklahoma hits very close to home. During the two-week teacher walkout in April, their family spent many days at the Capitol, speaking with lawmakers, educators and other supporters of public education, making their voices heard for the future of education in our state.
Day recently earned a ringing endorsement from the group Oklahomans for Public Education. The group published their list May 21. The organization rated Day as a “Safe Vote for Public Education.”
While Day received the highest endorsement possible from the group, two of his primary opponents, Dana Prieto and David Dambroso, earned a “Dangerous for Public Education” rating.
He is energized by opportunities to meet with his fellow Senate District 36 residents, to discuss economic prosperity, education funding, personal liberties, the proper role of state government, and anything else his neighbors would like to discuss.
“I love events like the Tulsa Classroom Teachers Association candidate forums,” he said. “There are thousands of great Oklahomans right here in our district, ready to join together to solve the problems we face in our state. It’s exciting to hear the passion in their voices and to learn from the creative and innovative ideas they have for making our state government work. I plan to take that same passionate perspective, innovative approach, and steadfast determination into the general election and on to the Capitol. We can and will make a difference for the future of our state.”
When asked about his overall policy plan, Day has a clear vision for the most important priorities for the next legislative session.
“I believe Oklahoma can fund our core services including education while removing barriers for technology companies and new industries to flourish here,” he said. “We need to become first class at both to insure a prosperous future for ourselves and our children. To do that, we need leaders at the Capitol who are willing to try a new strategy to create economic growth in our state. I believe that a focus on public education is the foundation for that growth, and I want to lead the way in making our children and economic innovation top priorities in our legislature.”
Day took advantage of the educational opportunities afforded him growing up in Broken Arrow, graduating second in his class and becoming a National Merit Scholar. He then graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BS in Aerospace Engineering and French minor from the University of Oklahoma. As a passionate believer in economic growth and innovation built on public education, he will focus his time in the State Senate on enabling current and future generations to build their careers in Oklahoma instead of being forced to move elsewhere for opportunities.
Day is the owner of DayWeb, where he helps customers grow their businesses by solving product and partnership problems. His company has provided partner and platform management services, social media management, product and business development, writing and editing to clients including Magellan GPS, O’Reilly Media, PayPal, NVIDIA, Nokia and Digital Reasoning Systems.
An avid runner himself, he also worked as platform product manager and evangelist for Runkeeper, where he ran the team that helped power Runkeeper beyond 25 million registered users. He grew Runkeeper’s partner platform from its infancy to 150 featured partners and more than 2,000 total partnerships.