Oklahoma County Commissioner 1
Carrie is a public health professional with a passion for leadership. Currently Carrie works at the Oklahoma City County Health Department. There, she directs two initiatives, the Wellness Now Coalition and Open Streets OKC. Wellness Now is a grassroots effort to make Oklahoma County a healthier place to live. Open Streets OKC is an effort by the Coalition to promote walkable communities and healthy lifestyles. She is an active member of Crestwood Vineyard Church and volunteers with the Open Arms Clinic. Carrie also serves on the Oklahoma Turning Point Council Policy Committee and the Northeast Healthy Community Collaborative.
HOUSE DISTRICT 77
Building on a diversified background of Social Work in both community and clinical practice, Shay is a champion of advocacy, civic engagement and grassroots organizing. She has the courage to speak up and help others by addressing key issues. Shay continues to be a role model for others because representation matters. She is very active and involved in the Tulsa community by lending her time, support, and skills to various organizations and social causes. She understands the importance of access to quality healthcare, education, and core services being central to the success of all healthy, thriving, and flourishing communities in Oklahoma.
SENATE DISTRICT 30
A fifth generation Oklahoman, Julia Kirt is an experienced community leader who has run statewide nonprofit organizations for more than 18 years. She currently serves as the Executive Director of Oklahomans for the Arts where she encourages support for arts and culture across the state. Her organization works with the state legislature and municipalities to support public investments and arts education in Oklahoma. Julia served as a Leader in Residence at the University of Central Oklahoma and graduated from Leadership OKC Class XXI and Salt & Light Leadership Training Class 6. She was named a “Forty under Forty Making a Difference” by Oklahoma Magazine, a “40 under 40” by OKC Business, and an “Achiever Under 40” by the Journal Record. In 2014, Julia received a Governor’s Arts Award.
Senate District 2
A proven advocate for Oklahoma students and teachers, Jennifer Esau has been an educator at Claremore Public Schools for 17 years. Esau serves on the board of directors for Oklahoma Education Association (OEA) representing Northeast Oklahoma. She is currently vice-president of Claremore Classroom Teachers Association (CCTA) and has served in leadership roles with the organization the past 10 years. She was honored as the Claremont Elementary School Teacher of the Year in 2006 and 2014. A native of Claremore where she lives today, Esau is married to Andrew and has two teenage daughters, Claire and Isabelle.
SENATE DISTRICT 40
Danielle Ezell is recognized as a community leader who has been on the frontlines fighting to improve Oklahoma. As executive director of the Oklahoma Women’s Coalition, Danielle has helped pass laws that have helped thousands of Oklahomans. She fought to protect our vote on State Question 780, which will reduce the prison population and make Oklahoma communities safer. She has worked tirelessly with other community leaders to pass legislation that will help victims of domestic violence. And she has been an advocate for working families by fighting for equal pay and paid family leave legislation. During her career, she has been recognized many times as a community leader and volunteer. She currently serves on the board of Junior Achievement of Oklahoma City; is a board member and financial committee member for the Central Workforce Investment Board; and recently joined the board of the Women’s Research Center and BGLTQ+ Student Center at UCO. She is also a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma City, a program working to develop community leaders and volunteers.
HOUSE DISTRICT 83
Chelsey Branham is a community leader, nonprofit professional, and lifelong Oklahoman. Chelsey worked her way through college at the University of Oklahoma. She graduated with a Bachelor’s in Religious Studies and Psychology. She went on to earn her Master’s in International Economics and Development. Her area focus was Sub-Saharan Africa and she conducted primary research in Zambia. Now Chelsey works at the Young Women’s Christian Association of Oklahoma City. A committed leader, Chelsey works to promote inclusion, diversity, and economic development. She organized the Racial Justice and Economic Empowerment forums and the CommUNITY Alliance. Chelsey is also an Executive Stakeholder in the Police and Community Trust. This group works to improve relations between law enforcement and minority communities. Chelsey is a Native Chickasaw and lives in Oklahoma City.
HOUSE DISTRICT 45
Merleyn Bell is a fifth-generation Oklahoman. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Oklahoma, and went on to serve for 12 years as Art Director for OU’s award-winning literary magazine, World Literature Today.She and her husband Corey Matzkanin, a registered nurse, are delighted to raise their son in in Merleyn’s home town, Norman. Today she owns a graphic design and consulting operation, Bell Design LLC, serving entities across the state. Bell started the public radio program Race Matters in partnership with KGOU Radio as a forum for conversations with leading experts on the topic of race. Merleyn has served on the United Way of Norman Health and Safety Council and volunteered for a number of local nonprofits including Food and Shelter for Friends, Full Circle Adult Day Center, and Thunderbird Clubhouse. Merleyn currently sits on the City of Norman Development Oversight Committee for TIF District No. 2. She is an alumna of Leadership Norman and a member of the Norman Chamber of Commerce. Always ready to answer the call to serve, Merleyn is ready to represent her community in House District 45.
House District 69
Sheila Dills grew up in Vinita, Oklahoma. Her family owns a 93-year-old multi-generational funeral service business in towns across Northeastern Oklahoma. From an early age, her parents instilled in her the importance of public service and professionalism. Public service is at the core of Sheila’s Christian faith. After graduating from OSU, Sheila married her husband Joey Dills and started a family in Tulsa. She sold real estate and worked in the interior design business while raising her daughter along with nurturing a blended family. Sheila has served on the Board of Directors of the Women’s Oklahoma Golf Association for the past seven years and as President of the organization for the last four years. During this time she was instrumental in converting the 101-year-old organization from a social organization into a 501c3 public charity.
5th CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT
Kendra Horn is a 5th generation Oklahoman from Chickasha. From an early age Kendra’s family nurtured her to recognize the importance of investing in people, taking initiative, and serving one’s community. A recipient of the Gold Award from the Girl Scouts, Kendra continues to carry on the Girl Scout mission of making the world a better place. Today Kendra is a champion of community service in Oklahoma. Currently serving as Executive Director and a professional mediator with Women Lead Oklahoma, Kendra works to empower women through leadership training and civic engagement. Her background as a public servant is both extensive and diverse having served as press secretary for Congressman Brad Carson, a leadership position with the Space Foundation, legal practice, political campaigns, and Executive Directorship of Sally’s List where she led a concerted effort to rally women to run and serve in Oklahoma’s elected offices. She serves on the Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Women Advisory Board, is a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma’s Class 30, and works with the N.E.W. Leadership Program and Legion Girls State to help develop our next generation of female leaders right here in Oklahoma. After receiving encouragement from community leaders, working families, small business owners, and her own community Kendra has decided to run for Congress. She is ready to bring a fresh voice to the gridlock in Washington, because she has seen first hand what failed leadership does to Oklahomans. With a passionate, engaged, and formidable community behind her, Kendra Horn is ready to take back the 5th District’s voice for the Oklahomans it represents.
LORI DECTER WRIGHT
HOUSE DISTRICT 67
Lori Decter Wright’s family chose to live in Oklahoma when they moved here in 2008. She has a diverse background, including nonprofit work. She currently serves as the Executive Director of Kendall Whittier Incorporated in North Tulsa. Lori wants to be a new choice and is the right voice for HD67. (More Information)
HOUSE DISTRICT 82
Born and raised in Oklahoma, Misty Warfield grew up in the Moore/South Oklahoma City area, where she attended public schools and graduated from Westmoore High School in 2004. Misty is co‐director at Rose Home, a local non‐profit shelter for homeless pregnant women and their children. (More Information)