Betty Jean Harris, professor and activist

“I enthusiastically endorse Mark Henricksen for Oklahoma Democratic Party Chair.  Mark, a trial attorney who focuses on death penalty issues, has a long history of activism around progressive causes.  He has phone-banked and canvassed, and has been a donor for political candidates such as Senator Bernie Sanders, and local candidates.  He is well-read.  He knows how things work. Mark will always start with the people at the grassroots level and articulate our issues at the state and national levels. He is the type of leader the ODP needs at this very important juncture in our political history.”

Robyn Lemon Sellers, activist and philanthropist

“Besides the fact that he represents my own understanding of what it means to be a true Democrat, Mark Henricksen has my 100% support because he walks well along the line of healthy skepticism – questioning conventional wisdom and widely accepted but disproven ideas – without crossing over into cynicism, or pessimism. He is discerning in a manner that generates inspiration, and best of all, he does this with a public speaking style that not only informs clearly with accuracy, but often brings people to their feet with excitement and enthusiasm. Boy, do we need that. He has my support for chair of the ODP.”

Photo: Robyn is shown with her father, the late Bob Lemon, at a climate change rally in 2015.

Ryan Kiesel, former Oklahoma State Represenative

“The upcoming election for party chair is the first step towards amplifying voices that are all too often marginalized within the Democratic Party. I hope you will join me in lending your support to Mark Henricksen for State Democratic Party Chair. Mark is as thoughtful as he is unapologetic about where he stands. I’m proud to call him my friend and grateful to have him by my side in the trenches.”

Photo taken on June 26, 2015, at Freedom Oklahoma celebration of the Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality. To Ryan’s far right, in navy jacket, is Troy Stevenson, Director of Freedom Oklahoma, and immediately behind him is Jim Roth, both endorsers of Mark’s campaign for ODP chair. To Jim’s left are Mark Henricksen and his Vice Chair running mate Sheri Dickerson.

Brett Baldwin, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Freedom Oklahoma

“I am supporting and endorsing my friend and mentor, Mark Henricksen, for Chairman of the Oklahoma Democratic Party. I have had the privilege to work alongside Mark on the front lines of the fight for LGBTQ and women’s rights during his own tenure as Chairman of the Board of Freedom Oklahoma. Mark is politically astute and a devoted fundraiser. A man of action, Mark has advocated and fought for the rights of ALL Oklahomans for decades and proved he is the progressive leader we need now to move our party and the State of Oklahoma forward.”

Nathaniel Batchelder, Director of Peace House Oklahoma City

“Oklahoma needs Mark Henricksen’s political leadership in whatever position we can elect him to. His life history of integrity, principled advocacy, intelligent and articulate civil engagement with allies and opponents make him the kind of leader sorely needed in these times. Moreover, younger activists in America are flocking to leaders with Mark’s progressive and inclusive perspectives and commitment to sustainability. Oklahoma’s future needs Mark Henricksen’s leadership today. “

Cathy Cummings, activist, former Democratic candidate for Lt. Governor

“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!”

Jim Roth, former Oklahoma Corporation Commissioner, activist

“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.”

Ed Shadid, OKC Councilman, Ward 2

“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.”