By Darla Shelden, City Sentinel Reporter —
OKLAHOMA CITY – Sally’s List has announced its 2021 primary endorsements from the February 9 election, including candidates from local Oklahoma City Council, Frontier School Board and Stillwater City Council races, and the special election of State Senate District 22.
The organizational website describes Sally’s List as a non-partisan organization.
The group was founded to recruit and train Oklahoma’s progressive women to run for political office. It began as a progressive nonprofit committed to addressing the lack of women in the Oklahoma State Legislature.
Since 2010 the organization has widened its focus to recruiting and training progressive female candidates for races up and down the ballot.
“Sally’s List mission is to train strong, knowledgeable candidates who are distinctly positioned to create robust and viable campaigns,” said Sara Jane Rose, Executive Director of Sally’s List.
Reports show, women currently make up 21.5 percent of Oklahoma’s legislative body yet represent over half of the general population.
Historically Sally’s List only endorses candidates after their primary election, in an effort to punctuate the training process and transition alongside their journey to a general election win, Rose stated.
As a result of their municipal, school board and special election wins, Sally’s List announces the endorsement of the following candidates:
Sally’s List recruits Democrats, Republicans, and Independents whose views support unifying issues held by the group.
Those issues are predominately based on community-building, such as public education, health care and a strong economy.
To-date, Sally’s List has endorsed over 100 women and has earned a total of 30 successes.
As a 501(c)(4) organization, the candidate trainings are free and cover a range of topics including communications, field work, fundraising, public speaking, and campaign role playing.
The Sally’s List team consists of two full-time employees; Executive Director Sara Jane Rose and Programs Manager Alyssa Fisher.
The group’s mission is to offer effective training programs that equip candidates with tactical and hands-on learning that lead to victories on election day.
Sally’s List carries on the work of its namesake, Sally Rae Merckle Mock, who passed away in 2009. An attorney, political trailblazer, women’s advocate, and supporter of progressive issues, Mock’s legacy of working diligently to empower women and improve Oklahoma communities lives on through Sally’s List.