For Immediate Release
June 9, 2020
Angela Allmond, Communications Director
Oklahoma Democratic Party
The ODP Reelects National Committee Members
OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Democratic Party reelected longtime Democratic party leaders Governor David Walters, and Kalyn Free as the State Party’s National Committee members during the 2020 Oklahoma Delegate Selection Convention held this past Saturday on June 6.
DNC members assist in the governing of the national Party via election from their respective state parties. Oklahoma has one man and one woman on the national committee in addition to the state party officials.
Governor Walters was elected in 1990 as the state’s 24th governor, carrying 75 of the state’s 77 counties. During his term, education funding increased by approximately 30 percent, and a $350 million bond issue for higher education brought construction and renovation to every state college campus.
“I look forward to elevating Oklahoma’s voice on the Democratic National Committee and playing a small role in electing state and national leaders who can begin to fix the causes of the health, economic and racial chaos that surrounds our nation,” said Governor Walters.
Free, a citizen of the Choctaw Nation, is an attorney with expertise in environmental and tribal issues. She ran for and became the first woman and the first Native American ever to be elected District Attorney in Southeastern Oklahoma.
“I am deeply honored to be reelected Oklahoma’s Democratic National Committeewoman,” stated Kalyn Free. “Hailing from rural Oklahoma and being a proud citizen of the Choctaw Nation, I know it is critically important that our Party continually works toward inclusion at all levels and that we support diversity in our candidates, staff, and campaigns. We can never forget our rural friends and neighbors, and to win statewide elections, we will have to focus on more than just metro areas. Without a doubt, there are challenges ahead as we defend and promote the Democratic Party’s values of respect, accountability, responsibility, and equality. However, I promise to work my heart out every day, support our candidates, and remain laser-focused on the Party’s mission, which is to elect Democrats. Together, we can achieve more for working families, communities of color, and our most vulnerable citizens in Oklahoma,” Free concluded.
For more information about the Oklahoma Democratic Party, visit the party website at okdemocrats.org, or call party headquarters at 405-427-3366.