By Darla Shelden
City Sentinel Reporter
OKLAHOMA CITY – Since 2010, Sally’s List’s mission is to train, support and elect progressive women to public office in Oklahoma. The organization’s roster of 22 Democratic candidates for the 2020 election cycle is comprised of eleven women who are being endorsed by Sally’s List for the first time, and eleven previously endorsed incumbents.
“We present twenty-two brave, committed, progressive women who have spent the last four months campaigning in innovative ways to win their elections,” said Sara Jane Rose, Founder and Executive Director of Sally’s List.
“We admire each of them for their perseverance during this unusual period and encourage you to find out more about them. Please take a look and support each of them in any way you can,” Rose added.
Sally’s List endorsed candidates running for office for the first time are:
Abby Broyles, for United States Senate
Christina Chicoraske, for Oklahoma County Clerk
Yasminda Choate, for Oklahoma House District 28
Susan Young, for Oklahoma House District 23
Mauree Turner, for Oklahoma House District 88
Summer Wesley, for Oklahoma House district 100
Madeline Scott, for Oklahoma House district 101
Alex Scott, for Oklahoma Senate District 15
Jo Anna Dossett, for Oklahoma Senate District 35
Shawna Mott-Wright, for Oklahoma Senate District 39
Jennifer Wilkinson, for Oklahoma Senate District 45
Incumbent candidates endorsed by Sally’s List include:
Kendra Horn, for Oklahoma’s 5th Congressional District
Trish Ranson, for Oklahoma House District 34
Merleyn Bell, for Oklahoma House District 45
Denise Brewer, for Oklahoma House District 71
Meloyde Blancett, for Oklahoma House District 78
Melissa Provenzano, for Oklahoma House District 79
Chelsey Branham, for Oklahoma House District 83
Cyndi Munson, for Oklahoma House District 85
Kelly Albright, for Oklahoma House District 95
Kara Joy McKee, for Tulsa City Council – District 4
Lori Decter Wright, for Tulsa City Council – District 7
“We also want to congratulate Representative Ajay Pittman for her re-election to HD 99. Representative Pittman won her primary and has no general election opponent. She will be serving her district for another two years.” Rose said.
“We know things are scary right now, but that won’t stop us,” she said. “Programs Manager Alyssa Fisher and I are busy developing virtual programs and events for both our candidates and supporters in the upcoming weeks and months.”
Sally’s List carries on the work of its namesake, Sally Rae Merckle Mock, who passed away in 2009. An attorney and advocate for progressive issues, Mock’s legacy of working diligently to empower women and improve Oklahoma communities lives on through Sally’s List.
According to the website, the women of Sally’s List support community-building issues like public education, healthcare, and a strong economy. The organization’s training programs mobilize women to make a long-lasting impact in their communities.
To learn more about Sally’s List endorsed candidates, visit sallyslist.org/candidates.
The next election date in Oklahoma is Tuesday, August 25, for the Runoff Primary / Special Election. The General Election will be held on Tuesday, November 3.
For more information about registration, absentee ballots and early voting, visit ok.gov/elections.