About

karjala

An associate professor of political science, Aleisha has lived in Norman for 16 years. Her civic involvement while raising her son was connected to his activities, serving as a PTA volunteer and as president of the Norman High Schools Boys’ Soccer Team Booster Club. After finishing her education at the University of Oklahoma, Aleisha accepted a position at University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma in Chickasha. After her son graduated from Norman High School, she joined the Library Board

One of the questions I get asked a lot is why I am running for City Council, and the answer is simple, for me. I appreciate all that Norman has given to my family, and I want to give something back. After Alec went to college, I joined the Library Board and now I want to contribute even more to the city I call home. In the classroom, I teach students the importance of civic and political engagement. I am taking my leadership out of the classroom and into politics. I am living what I teach and loving it.

I ask for your vote, and I would be incredibly honored and grateful to represent you. I will work hard to represent you, Ward 2, and Norman as a whole. Weeks of knocking on doors and talking to you has lead me to believe that we all really do want the same things – to maintain a great quality of life here in our unique community, to take care of our infrastructure, and to have a responsive city government.
 
 

A Great Quality of Life

I want to make sure that as we continue to grow, we keep our priorities in order. Our schools should be the envy of the state. We should be creating jobs that fit the makeup of our community. We should be a place people want to raise a family, have a career, and retire in. Norman should continue to grow as a community for all people. Ours is one of the most unique communities in the state – I want to preserve that.

Infrastructure that Works

As Norman grows, the stresses we already feel on our infrastructure will only get more difficult. For Ward 2, it is vital that we find a solution to the issues on Lindsey Street that frustrate so many of our neighbors. Roads and bridges should be safe for everyone, and public transit should help connect people to their schools and jobs in a rapid, efficient manner. It’s time to invest in our infrastructure.

A Responsive City Hall

As a member of the Library Board and an avid participant in local government, I know that we have dedicated leaders at City Hall. But we’ve all had frustrating moments in our dealings with the city. I want to make sure City Hall is as open, accessible, and responsive as possible. We can think up grand plans, but if we aren’t responsive to the citizen who needs a pothole fixed or a power line put back up, we’re not doing our job