Thursday, March 01, 2018

Republican Randy Randleman announces for HD15


Dr. Randy Randleman, 64, announced Thursday he is running for the Oklahoma House of Representatives.

“We need a higher standard today in the Oklahoma Legislature,” said Randleman in a statement.

“We’re in a crisis and need to change the direction of our state. Leaders with life experience and expertise need to step up to find a better path forward, and I am passionate about doing just that,” Randleman said. He is a conservative with a heart for improving the lives of children.

A mental health expert and foremost authority on classroom management and discipline, Randleman is uniquely qualified to represent area residents in state House District 15. Randleman has worked in 155 school districts and 135 head start centers across Oklahoma.

“I have worked with troubled and challenged kids for my entire life to help restore hope and find a path for success,” Randleman said. “Helping humanity succeed is my life’s mission.”

An avid hunter and gun owner, Randleman holds a Ph.D. in a combination of school and clinical psychology, has served on the Behavioral Health Advisory Committee for the Oklahoma Health Care Authority and is immediate past president of the Oklahoma Psychological Association.

Unlike some in his profession, Randleman’s solutions also are steeped in his strong Christian faith, his belief that the family is the core, and that instilling values like hard work and discipline will reverse the downward spiral of students and children.

“I want Oklahoma to reach for a higher standard. We should keep America first, protecting our people. We should make the best decision no matter if it is Republican or Democrat. It is the right thing to do to help Oklahoma and District 15 succeed?”

Most of Randleman’s time is spent advising parents and teachers how to discipline children and manage classroom discipline. He provides trainings for therapists and consults with physicians attempting to reduce the amount of medication used by children. Along with his wife, Jennifer, a school psychologist, Randleman provides evaluations for children in local and area school districts and recommends treatment options.

Randleman grew up in Wilson, north of Henryetta, with two brothers and a sister. His father still lives in Wilson, and his mother is deceased.

“I grew up in a Christian family and my mother was a great support and influence in my life. My father could do almost anything, and consequently I learned to overhaul cars, build houses, farm, ranch, run electrical wiring, you name it.”

“My favorite place was on the basketball court,” he said. “I lived it.”

Randleman earned scholarships to play basketball at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M and the University of Tulsa, and as a high school student was the fourth-leading scorer in Oklahoma. Before earning his Ph.D., he coached basketball and taught biology, chemistry, accounting, physiology and anatomy in Morris Public Schools. He worked as a school psychologist in Bixby and Jenks public schools.

Outdoor activities are very much a part of the Randleman lifestyle, from wakeboarding to jet skis, from golf to hunting. Randy and Jennifer also love to travel.

The Randlemans have five children and three grandchildren. He and Jennifer attend Community Culture Church where his son is pastor.

House District 15 is currently held by Democrat Rep. Ed Cannaday, who is term limited. So far, Randleman is the only Republican candidate to declare for the race.

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