Following are all Democratic candidates running for office in Cleveland County. The Cleveland County Democratic Party does not officially endorse or support candidates if a race is contested by more than one Democrat. Please follow the provided links to their Facebook pages and/or websites to find more about their platforms, how to volunteer and to donate to their campaigns. This page is under construction, so please check back often.
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United States House of Representatives - 4th Congressional District
Mary Brannon is an educator and school counselor who is concerned about the direction America is headed. While teaching at Purcell Public Schools, she was named a Drug & Alcohol Prevention Specialist. She holds a Masters in Human Resources from the University of Oklahoma.
"As a lifelong Oklahoman with a diverse background – OU grad, law clerk, U.S. Army Officer, legislative assistant to Senator Fred R. Harris, Mayor of Seminole, Chief Legal Counsel at OU, teacher of political science and higher education law – I believe I can provide the representation the good people of the 4th deserve."
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"I am a native Oklahoman. I grew up on an acreage 13 miles due east of downtown Oklahoma City. I am a career Educator with over 20 years experience in the classroom. I could have a positive impact on our Nation. I have had a great reception and I feel great about the future."
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United States Senate (At Large)
No US Senate races will be held in Oklahoma in 2018. Our next Senate election will be in 2020.
Oklahoma State-Wide Races
Drew Edmondson is the former four-time Attorney General of Oklahoma. In that role, he stood up to Wall Street, Big Tobacco, and the special interests who tried to take advantage of our families, farmers, and small businesses. Drew is a United States Navy veteran.
Sen. Connie Johnson (D-Oklahoma City) recently retired after serving thirty-three years in the State Senate, representing Oklahoma City’s predominantly African American “Eastside,” where her focus on health, mental health and human services issues that disproportionately affect the economic and social well-being of the poor, minorities, women, children, and people with disabilities was game-changing.
Sen. Anastasia Pittman (D-Oklahoma City) has worked with Gov. Brad Henry to enact one of the largest teacher pay raises in state history. She co-authored House Bill 1225 to make health insurance more affordable for small businesses, as well as legislation that expands oversight over our nursing homes and reforms home health care.
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Superintendent of Public Instruction
Commissioner of Labor
Fred Dorrell was born and raised in Oklahoma. Fred’s work history has ideally prepared him to carry out the functions of the Labor Commissioner. For thirty-four years, he worked with Ford Motor Company at the Tulsa Glass Plant and was ultimately appointed by the National Ford Department to be UAW Benefits Representative. Prior to that appointment, he was elected President/Chairman of the UAW Local 1895. For the past six years, Fred Dorrell has been Human Resources Labor Specialist for Spirit AeroSystems in Tulsa.
Fred’s desire is to serve the state he so dearly loves; for the past twenty-one years, he has done so as an adjunct professor of Business and Human Resources classes at Tulsa Community College.
Fred Dorrell's philosophy is that labor and management can find common ground but that both sides must endeavor to find an understanding among one another. He will work to invoke the core values of collaboration, inspiration and transparency which are critical to serve the people of Oklahoma
Sam A. Mis-Soum
"Having started my professional career as an Advanced Materials Engineer, I found my way earning my Masters of Business Administration and now starting multiple private businesses. But it is not enough for me to be satisfied personally until I am satisfied with the state of our state, with the economic and social wellbeing of my fellow Oklahomans. From our teachers to our firemen, from our policemen to our janitors, we have to remember what make this state the great state that it is. And at this crucial moment where sometimes it seems like we are turning our backs on them, it is time for a clear vision moving ahead."
State Senator - District 16
Mary B. Boren
Mary Boren is an attorney in the field of child advocacy and family law and a school counselor who is pursuing a M.Ed from the OU College of Education. Her state government experience began as a Carl Albert Executive Fellow for the Oklahoma Attorney General's Office, followed by work for the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, the Oklahoma State Department of Education and legal support staff for Governors Walters and Henry.
Rep. Claudia Griffith
Rep. Claudia Griffith (D-Norman) is an RN who holds a Masters in Public Health from the University of Oklahoma. She and her husband, Jim, run a dentistry practice in Norman. Claudia has also served as Executive Director of the non-profit Health for Friends. In the State House Rep. Griffith has worked on legislation to help victims of rape and domestic violence, develop public-private partnership business opportunities, and increase equality for the elderly and disabled. She was appointed by the Governor to the Oklahoma Veterans Task Force which works to improve services for veterans across our state.
Aleisha Karjala is the Ward 2 member of Norman's City Council. She is a professor of political science at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma in Chickasha. Her current City Council committee roles include Community Planning and Transportation, Oversight, and School Citizens Advisory. She also serves on the board of the Oklahoma Single Parent Scholarship Program, a new non-profit organization bringing resources to college students who are balancing family life with attending school.
State Senator - District 24
State House of Representatives - District 20
Steve Jarman is a Pauls Valley resident who graduated from Pauls Valley High School in 1972 and received his BS in Education from East Central University in 1976 Steve taught in the Pauls Valley Public Schools from 1976. During the recent teacher walkout, the incumbent made a comment that teachers should go back to their classrooms. This disrespect for teachers encouraged Steve to run to unseat him so public educators and our students would have a champion at the State Capitol.
State House of Representatives - District 27
There is no Democratic candidate running for House District 27 in 2018.
State House of Representatives - District 44
Rep. Emily Virgin
Representative Virgin was elected in 2011, and by virtue of having not drawn an opponent in this election cycle, she will serve District 44 again for another term!
Emily serves as Minority Caucus Chair, as well as serving on the Appropriations and Budget Committee, Higher Education and Career Tech Committee, Judiciary, Joint Committee on Appropriations and Buddet, Judiciary Committee, and Public Safety Committee.
State House of Representatives - District 45
Merleyn Bell is a fifth-generation Oklahoman. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Oklahoma, going on to serve as Art Director for OU’s award-winning literary magazine World Literature Today for 12 years. Through her company, Bell Design LLC, she provides graphic design services and consulting to public and private entities across the state. She and her husband Corey Matzkanin, a registered nurse, are delighted to raise their son in the same city where Bell grew up.
Merleyn serves on the United Way of Norman Health and Safety Council and has volunteered for a number of local nonprofits including Food and Shelter for Friends, Full Circle Adult Day Center, and Thunderbird Clubhouse. She is an alumna of Leadership Norman and a member of the Norman Chamber of Commerce. She created the public radio program Race Matters in partnership with KGOU Radio as a forum for conversations with leading experts on the topic of race.
State House of Representatives - District 46
Rep. Jacob Rosecrants
Representative Rosecrants was elected in a special election in 2017. A proud parent of two children Norman Public Schools, and a former teacher at Roosevelt Middle School in Southwest Oklahoma City, Jacob is a passionate advocate for public education, he has the patience to listen to constituents, and the strength and ability to help our communities to progress into the future. Jacob, in his short tenure in the House, has proven to be an effective legislator and leader.
State House of Representatives - District 53
Leslie was born in Oklahoma City, OK and is a fourth generation Oklahoman. She attended Minneapolis Community and Technical College and later OCCC in Oklahoma City, where she studied biology, but living with a chronic autoimmune illness interrupted her education. She fills her time volunteering at her son’s school and serving on the board of her H.O.A., currently as president. She serves on She serves on the Our Revolution OK board as a founding member and on several committees. Most recently, Leslie accepted a seat on the Old Town Advisory Committee for the future of Moore, OK. Leslie has been active in her district, where she worked with city council for two years to get proposition two on the November 2016 ballot.
Cyndy Southerland was born in Oklahoma and has lived in Moore for 43 years. She, her husband, and their children all graduated from Moore High School. I am running because I am angry about the lack of response from our current legislators on key issues affecting our state. We can't have inaction if we want to move forward. Our economy is in shambles and it is affecting our core services like education. I want to move us forward.
Angel Worth was born in Missouri and raised around the world as the child of an Air Force father. She graduated from high school in Anchorage, Alaska, and I graduate from The University of Oklahoma with a degree in English (Writing) and my education certification in Secondary ELA. I'm currently a sophomore and junior English teacher at Moore High School. Angel was prompted to run for office, first and foremost, by the education crisis in Oklahoma. However, witnessing the debate for SB 1140 ignited a fire in her to run not just for education, but to fight social injustice at the legislative level.
State House of Representatives - District 54
Originally from Blackwell, Katelyn came to central Oklahoma to attend the University of Oklahoma. After graduating with her bachelor's degree in sociology and her master's degree in social and community services, she stayed in the area, supporting vulnerable members of our community who are most at risk from the current state budget crisis. Now she is ready to put her experiences serving Oklahoma children and families to use in the legislature. Through her work with Oklahoma Family Counseling Services, the Center for Children and Families, Girl Scouts of Western Oklahoma, and Bridges of Norman, Katelyn has seen first-hand what services are truly needed and the impact they have on the lives of everyday Oklahomans. From working with families struggling to escape the cycle of poverty and drugs to leading a Girl Scout troop at the Oklahoma Juvenile Center for Girls, she knows that cuts to education and mental health care are more than just a headline
State House of Representatives - District 90
LaVelle Compton is a life-long Oklahoman. He is a graduate of the Public Administration Master’s Program at the University of Central Oklahoma, where he also earned a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations. LaVelle works as a governance specialist where he functions as a project manager working on key initiatives, developing creative reports for effective communication. His career allows him to work in a diverse position that includes working with a variety of business units while ensuring effective operational governance and constructs are in place. LaVelle is skilled in process management, data analysis, communication, and project management allowing him to efficiently assess presented situations and offer improved solutions to maximize client efficiency.
State House of Representatives - District 91
A fourth generation educator, Sonya Fergeson taught twenty two years for Moore Public Schools, teaching music and Gifted Education. She served on the Moore Public Schools Professional Development Committee for several years and was Chairperson her last year before leaving the classroom.
Sonya attended several colleges throughout the state, including SWOSU, OCCC and OU obtaining her Bachelor Degree from the University of Central Oklahoma in 1994.
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Amanda Jeffers born in Chickasha, OK and has lived in HD 91 for over 20 years. A graduate of Western Heights High School, Amanda received a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication form O.U. in 2005. After staying home to start a family, she returned to OU to complete her M.A.
Amanda has always had an interest in pursuing public office; her frustration with how our current legislature has failed to prioritize public education motivated her to run for office now. As a teacher, I believe that the main purpose of education is to promote citizenship and help students.
Cleveland County Sheriff
Kevin Hammond is a fourth-generation Oklahoman originally from Bartlesville. He earned a BA in Criminal Justice from the University of Central Oklahoma and an MA in Business and Organizational Security Management from Webster University and went on to work as a Loss Prevention Manager before entering on the ground floor with new police departments at Rose State College and Oklahoma City Community College. While at OCCC, Hammond was promoted, where he served as the direct supervisor and training coordinator for the police, security, dispatch, and support staff in the department, reporting directly to the Chief, and completing the Chief’s duties in his absence. In 2015, Hammond rejoined the private sector as a Security Manager for a leading technology company with a campus in Oklahoma City. His work in the private sector has taught him how to plan and implement strategies that reduce cost, eliminate waste, and communicate with the needs of the people he serves.
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Cleveland County Commissioner - District 3
J.D. Krohmer lives in an area where there is no internet service. Until contact information is available, if you'd like to volunteer or donate to his campaign, please contact the officers of CCDP at email@example.com and we will pass along your information.