2018 CANDIDATES

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CARRIE BLUMERT

Oklahoma County Commissioner 1
Oklahoma City

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.

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SHAY WHITE

HOUSE DISTRICT 77
TULSA

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.

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JULIA KIRT

SENATE DISTRICT 30
OKLAHOMA CITY

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.

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SHEILA DILLS

House District 69
Tulsa

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.

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JENNIFER ESAU

Senate District 2
Claremore

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. 

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DANIELLE EZELL

SENATE DISTRICT 40
OKLAHOMA CITY

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.

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CHELSEY BRANHAM

HOUSE DISTRICT 83
OKLAHOMA CITY

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. 

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DIANNA PHILLIPS

HOUSE DISTRICT 66
SAND SPRINGS

Dianna Phillips was born and raised in Oklahoma. As the daughter of a small business owner, Dianna learned the value of hard work and entrepreneurship from an early age. She attended Metropolitan State University in Denver, Colorado, where she received Bachelor degrees in both History and Law Enforcement. She then went on to earn her Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Oklahoma. (More Information)

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MACY GLEASON

HOUSE DISTRICT 29
MANNFORD

Macy Gleason is ready to bring her experiences and hard work to the capitol so that the people of this state are served the same way the community has served her. As Oklahomans, we need leadership that understands that people are always the priority. (More Information)

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LEAH POLLAN

SENATE DISTRICT 43
SOUTH NORMAN

Leah Pollan fell in love with Oklahoma while studying for her Masters in Agriculture Development. Leah learned the importance of a strong education and helping others through her educator parents. These are values she holds dear to this day. Leah’s commitment to education, strengthening the state’s infrastructure and rural healthcare makes her the best advocate for Senate District 43. (More Information)

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ELIZABETH LARIOS

HOUSE DISTRICT 54
MOORE

Elizabeth Larios is proud to be an Oklahoman; she grew up here, went to school here, and chose to stay and work here. She has deep roots in Oklahoma, and has attended public school in District 54 since she was in grade school.After graduating from Southmoore High School, Elizabeth was in the first generation of her family to graduate from college, receiving business degrees from both Rose State College and the University of Central Oklahoma. She now uses her degrees at the YWCA as a Case Advocate and the Economic Empowerment Liaison to support and empower women in the Oklahoma City area. (More Information)

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LIZ GEORGE

HOUSE DISTRICT 42
BLANCHARD

Liz George is a fifth generation Oklahoman. She grew up in Blanchard, and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Cameron University. After graduating in 2007, Liz and her husband David moved back to their hometown of Blanchard. Liz went on to attend and graduate with top honors from Oklahoma City University School of Law in 2011. She currently works as an attorney at Crowe & Dunlevy, PC. (More Information)

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LORI DECTER WRIGHT

HOUSE DISTRICT 67
TULSA

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)

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MISTY WARFIELD

HOUSE DISTRICT 82
DEER CREEK

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)

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