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Oklahoma Democratic party, for first time, elects African American woman as chairperson

Posted: 6:17 PM, Jun 11, 2019
Updated: 2019-06-11 23:17:05Z

TULSA — For the first time in the Oklahoma Democratic party's history, members elected an African American woman as chair.

Alicia Andrews is a Tulsa real estate agent who says she started out as a concerned Democrat due to actions within the party. After constantly volunteering with the Democratic party, they asked her to run for Secretary.

She held the position as Secretary for two years. There, she learned more about the challenges and opportunities Democrats face.

“I got really involved on many levels and recognizing we still had some challenges and opportunities, and so that I felt that I was pretty equipped to deal with it," Andrews said.

After receiving the most votes on June 8, there was a challenge on how many credential delegates they had. After it was resolved that night, Sunday morning, it was announced that Andrews won.

She is excited to be making history and is ready to start planning for the future of Oklahoma.

“In the next couple of years, we will be getting our rural counties a little more engaged and making sure we get our message to them, and making sure that our representation of our body is diverse in region, ethnicity and gender identity”.

Andrews told us she is looking forward to getting more people engaged in what the Democratic party represents.

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