By Eagle Newswire




Oklahoma Democratic delegates are set to elect a new state party leader this weekend after an election year in which they lost more ground in the state Legislature and slid further into the red financially.

This will be the first-time in Oklahoma history that three African American women, all with years of experience in state politics, have been actively campaigning for Oklahoma Democratic Party chair. They are promising to register and mobilize more voters, reach out to rural areas, raise more money and sharpen the party’s message.

Christine Byrd, Sheri Dickerson, and Alicia Andrews are vying for the post. Anna Langthorn, who was elected chair of the party in 2017, declined to seek another term.

Party rules allow for more candidates to enter the contest later, even during this weekend’s convention. However, should an African American win, it would be a first for the state party.