Mark Henricksen, candidate for chair of the Oklahoma Democratic Party, announces his vice chair candidate on his Ticket for Change — T. Sheri Dickerson.
“I wholeheartedly support Mark Henricksen for Oklahoma Democratic Party chairman. We need a new direction for the Democratic Party in Oklahoma; Mark Henricksen is the right person to lead the way.”
“I am supporting and endorsing Mark Henrickson for the Ok Democratic State Party Chair! I’ve known Mark for many years and have personally seen him in action with The ACLU of Oklahoma, and Freedom Oklahoma! He is a champion for those who feel they have no voice! He fights injustice! He can organize! He can raise money! And I think he is exactly what we need to move our Democratic Party forward to recruit and help us elect Democrats!”
“I have known and respected Mark Henricksen for 20 years and every day, and in every way, he fights for regular folks to achieve the American Dream. Mark is a leader we need to bring hope, good public policies, strong elected leaders and the change that matters to all our lives. Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Democratic Party need each other right now, because Oklahomans are hurting and we must fight hard to help them all. I’m proud to support my friend and ally Mark Henricksen as Party Chairman so we can win for all Oklahomans.”
Mark was a guest on the podcast “Pointing Left” on May 4. Listen at this link:
Today Mark emailed a letter to the delegates to the state convention, asking for their consideration and vote and providing an update on his campaign’s activities and accomplishments, notably the endorsement from Our Revolution. Continue reading “Mark’s letter to delegates to the Oklahoma State Convention”
“I believe there is probably no single event which would transform the electoral success of the ODP and political conversation among Oklahomans than the election of Mark Henricksen to ODP Chair. Mark is a personal hero of mine with decades of fighting for progressive causes; a man I love to be around and bounce ideas off because of the wisdom of his feedback. For years I have longed to hear Democratic leadership espouse his views and as I listen to him speak it is obvious that Mark will bring many people who have not felt included to the ODP along with fresh ideas and new financial support. There are three principal changes which will come from Mark’s election: Where there were questions about financial impropriety, there will now be audits, transparency and strict checks and balances which make donors feel secure. Where there were questions about the party machinery favoring one candidate over others, there will now be a level playing field and where there was fear to fully express progressive values, there will now be truly transformative ideas being championed by progressive candidates and the party.”
“The Oklahoma Democratic Party has a chance to make a major break with the past by electing Mark Henricksen as its new state chair. The ODP lost 7 seats in the Oklahoma State Legislature in the 2016 general election. The party lost one third of its state senate caucus in the 2016 election cycle, plummeting from 9 to 6 senators. Mark has a history of serving successfully in leadership positions in both Oklahoma’s American Civil Liberties Union and Freedom Oklahoma. Mark has an extremely successful law practice. Mark has raised and donated tens of thousands of dollars to Democratic candidates for public office. He is a committed progressive who will lead the ODP and offer a clear alternative to the Republican Party. This will give progressive voters an incentive to turn out on Election Day to renew and revitalize the Democratic Party and further the progressive cause in Oklahoma. The current state leadership has fallen short and presided over a deterioration of the party by failing to promote a principled opposition to dramatic Republican failures. It’s time for a change! Mark Henricksen has the talents, dedication, principles, and work ethic to make our party competitive again in Oklahoma. Let’s move enthusiastically forward and embrace a new, successful, and bright future. Join me in electing Mark Henricksen as our new state chair. As our beloved FDR said, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself!”
“Mark has the vision to make the ODP relevant for the first time in years. I look forward having a Democratic Party that my community is able to work with, a party that actually supports minority communities, and helps elect progressive candidates.”
Today, Mark Henricksen’s campaign for the chair of the Oklahoma Democratic Party obtained the endorsement of Our Revolution, along with many other progressive candidates across the country.
The Board Members of Our Revolution granted the endorsement based on a thorough review of the application and recommendations from Bernie staffers.
The Board consists of:
- Nina Turner – Former Ohio State Senator
- Jim Hightower – Political Leader, National Radio Commentator & Writer
- Jim Zogby – Arab American Human Rights Leader
- Huck Gutman – Former Chief of Staff for Senator Bernie Sanders
- Jane Kleeb – Environmental and Rural Leader
- Lucy Flores – Fmr. Nevada Assemblywoman
- Shailene Woodley – Actress and Environmental Leader
- Larry Cohen, Chair – Labor
- Deborah Parker, Vice-Chair – Native American Leader
- Catalina Velasquez, Vice-Chair – Immigration, Reproductive Justice and Trans Queer Liberation Leader
- Ben Jealous, Treasurer – Civil Rights Leader