Election day did not bring all the results we wanted, but we are so proud of the progressive message and hard work put out by our endorsed candidates:

  • Nikki Nice handily won the Ward 7 OKC City Council seat in a special election. Way to go, Nikki!
  • Carri Hicks will be the new Democratic representative for SD 40, flipping this mid-OKC seat. Congratulations!
  • Our remaining State Senate candidates – Linda Wade and Renee Jerden – and our State House candidates – Leslie Bonebreak, Katelyn Dockery, Amanda Jeffers, Rashard Bickham, Zach Pearson, Devyn Denton, Lavelle Compton, and Forrest Mayer – were a joy to support and have great political gifts to offer.
  • Our statewide candidate for Corporation Commission, Ashley Nicole McCray, was awe inspiring as she crossed the state battling an entrenched system controlled by friends of big oil and gas. She will not stop being be a force to reckon with and we look forward to working together on rectifying this.
  • And finally, our candidate for Cleveland County Sherriff, Kevin Hammond, brought important issues to the fore that he will continue to champion, as will we.

Thank you ALL for your courage and dedication to the issues we believe in. For those who did not prevail, the numerical results do not reflect the value of your efforts, not to us, not to your district, and not to our shared mission, which we will continue to pursue.

You all deserve some time to unwind from the campaign fray, but we look forward to working with you in the coming days and years to move Oklahoma forward, in whatever form that takes.

We also recognize the winning candidates in our area we didn’t endorse, but who ran on bringing a more progressive future to Oklahoma.. Congratulations to Kendra Horn, now the OK-5 Representative-Elect, Carrie Blumert, Merelyn Bell, Julia Kirt, Mary Boren, and all the others who will now serve in office to move Oklahoma into the future.

Join us for our second annual membership meeting on Thursday, Dec. 6

Goal Thermometer

Our list of endorsed candidates is growing, and we are working to help get them elected so we have more progressive representation at the State Capitol and in the other elected offices in Oklahoma where change is desperately needed after about a decade or more of pro-corporate policies and activities.

We’ve been canvassing, and we will continue to do so, but we also want to send out postcards to selected voters in their districts to help distinguish these progressive leaders from their opponents.

We need your help to make this possible. We’ve scouted out great rates for printing and mailing, designed our unique cards, and created a carefully screened list of likely progressive voters to mail to.

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Now we just need the funds to make this happen! Please donate what you can to get these cards in the mail.

Here’s a sample of how our cards look for some of our first endorsed candidates:

 

And here’s who we’re helping:

  • Amanda Jeffers – HD 91
  • Carri Hicks – SD 40
  • Devyn Denton – HD 39
  • Katelyn Dockery – HD 54
  • Kevin Hammond – Cleveland County Sheriff
  • LaVelle C. Compton – HD 90
  • Leslie Bonebreak – HD 53
  • Linda Wade – SD 42
  • Rashard Bickham – HD 95
  • Renee Jerden – SD 24
  • Zach Pearson – HD 100
SD 40 forum ad

Our Revolution Oklahoma will host a forum for the two Democratic Party candidates in Senate District 40 who are vying for the party’s nomination in the June 26 primary election. The winner in that election will face Republican Senator Erwin Yen in the general election on Nov. 6.

Danielle Ezell and Carri Hicks are confirmed for the event, which will start at 7pm and take place in the north room (previously occupied by Bacon) at Vito’s Ristorante, 7521 N. May in Oklahoma City. No food service will be available during the forum (snacks, drinks available at the bar), so if you want to eat some of Vito’s marvelous food, arrive by 6 and navigate to the main room. No purchase is required to attend the forum, which is free of charge.

There is limited seating for this event, so be sure to reserve a spot for each person in your party using the form below. (If you need to use the form again, click on the small link under where it says “Welcome back.)

If no form appears, visit this page.

Please check that your email and phone are entered correctly on the form!

Today eligible OROK members were sent a ballot to vote on three races: HD 53, SD 16 and Cleveland County Sheriff. This is the first of several batches of ballots that will be sent out.

The deadline for this ballot is Midnight on Friday, May 18, 2018. Below are the races included on this ballot, with links to the questionnaires that were returned. Subsequent polls prior to the  June 26 primary will include other races on the primary ballot, before we begin polling on races that will appear on the November ballot.

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A poll of eligible members will determine whether Our Revolution will publicly endorse State Question 788. If passed, OROK will promote voting and active support for this measure. Poll closes at 11:59 pm on March 5, 2018.
OROK voting members were polled between Feb. 22 and March 5 with the question “Should OROK endorse State Question 788 (medical marijuana)?”
Votes Yes: 30
Votes No: 1
Abstain: 0

Connie Johnson, OROK’s gubernatorial candidate endorsee, has a record on medical marijuana that is unequaled among the candidates in the race, and goes back all the way to 2007.

She is rightly known as the mother of Oklahoma’s medical cannabis movement. During her time in the legislature she introduced four bills on the issue. Her unflinching persistence and determination to advance this cause was rewarded with the successful 2016 petition drive led by Oklahomans for Health that finally got the question on the ballot after multiple failed efforts.

OROK members are invited to participate in a special canvassing event to support Sen. Johnson’s race for governor (this is separate from our SQ788 canvass), tentatively scheduled for early April. As soon as a date is finalized, you can get more details and RSVP through our website or Facebook events list.

 

OROK Board Member Sam Fredrickson sat down for a conversation with Alex Scott, candidate for Norman City Council Ward 8.

What explains a young woman’s audacity to run for City Council in Oklahoma’s third largest city? Alex Scott’s answer is straight-forward. You begin from a desire to serve, and then walk-the-talk. You step up to fulfill the responsibilities you take on along the way. It looks like audacity to those observing from the sidelines, but along the way it just becomes who you are.

“I didn’t like what I was seeing in the state.” Scott explains, “I didn’t like what I was seeing at the national level, and I couldn’t do anything at the national level so I started canvasing for candidates locally for people I wanted elected.”

This spark has lead Scott from knocking doors, to being elected Vice-Chair of the Democratic Party in Congressional District 4, to now running as one of three candidates for Norman City Council Ward 8. Ward 8 covers much of northwest Norman. The election is February 13.

“As Vice-Chair… part of my job is to make sure that we have good candidates running for every single seat possible, that no seat goes uncontested. That’s another reason that I stepped up in the City Council race… there was no Democrat [running]… I felt that it is in my Ward and I want to step up anyway. So why not this be the time?”

For Scott, it seems the time is always now, but just a few short years ago as a student at OU, she didn’t envision this path. After earning her degree in Classical Studies in 2015, politics was not the direction she set out for herself. Alex’s aspirations were focused sharing her passion for ancient Roman culture and language, teaching Latin at the high school level. But after a year in the classroom and feeling the financial impact of an encounter with the American health care system after a car wreck, Alex realized that in this moment her calling lay elsewhere.

Like many millennials, 2016 kicked-off her political activism. In fall election season, she got involved with the effort to pass SQ 779 — the 1% sales tax to fund education — and then moved on to volunteer for local Democrats running in special elections. She counts recently elected State Representative Jacob Rosecrants as one of those friends and political allies she’s part of building a better Oklahoma with.

“Jacob is moving in down the street. I’m going to make him walk my dogs with me. He’s going to knock some doors for me… He’s got to run again this election cycle. I’ve got a big sign in my garage that’s going to go back up on my fence as soon as it’s time.”

So within less than two years Scott has put herself right in the thick of local politics in Central Oklahoma.

As a candidate for Norman City Council, Scott’s focus is on bringing a greater degree of communication and transparency to city business. The intention is to build greater integrity into the process and build a sense of community. She has made a pledge to hold a public forum once every two months to get feedback from those in the community and share what has been going on around the city and at City Hall. Scott also repeatedly comes back to the issue of Norman’s roads and bridges. She counts her husband Kalynn Scott, a Civil Engineer with the Oklahoma Department of Transportation, as a valuable resource to her for educating herself on the issue and bringing attention to specific key upcoming projects such as plans to improve the I-35 Robinson Crossing intersections, the widening of 36th Avenue, and the replacement of the Indian Hills Interchange.

Finally, as a progressive she emphasizes the need to make sure that city politics serves the entire community, not just the interests of special interests and developers. Recent tax financed major real estate development has predominantly served to bring major national retailers to North Norman, and now it is being proposed that the same tax-base finance the building of a new basketball arena. Scott’s suggestion is that if tax-based real estate development is to be used, it should be done in a way that promotes economic growth is promoted in more than one area of Norman and more than just big business.

As Scott and her supporters hit the phones and knock doors over the next ten days, there is an understanding that the time is now but it also just the beginning. The spirit that has awoken in 2016, still reverberates forward into 2018.

Alex Scott has received a recommendation from Our Revolution Oklahoma. OROK encourages its members to support and assist its recommended candidates through donations and volunteer time. 

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Connie Johnson

Our members have selected Connie Johnson as the gubernatorial candidate that OROK will endorse in the primary. An online poll was conducted from Dec. 16 through Jan 3. The results were Johnson, 68; Drew Edmondson, 25; None of the Above, 1. Of the 114 members eligible to vote, 94 participated, an 82 percent turnout!

As previously decided by the board, the winner in this poll will be forwarded on to OR national for their consideration for endorsement. Congratulations to this progressive Oklahoma leader!

Read more about our endorsement process.

Our election was conducted using OpaVote, and managed by OROK member Rena Guay. To vote in our elections you must be an official member of OROK. You become “official” by making a donation to us of any amount, or by attending two official events, such as quarterly membership meetings.