Oklahoma Politics
12:50 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

State Senator To Seek Democratic Party Post

Connie Johnson, Democratic Nominee For the U.S. Senate.
State Sen. Constance Johnson (D-Oklahoma City) at a press conference during the Rev. Jesse Jackson's 2012 visit to the State Capitol
Credit Oklahoma Senate

A state senator from Oklahoma City has announced her candidacy for chairwoman of the Oklahoma Democratic Party.

State Sen. Constance Johnson (D-Oklahoma City) said Friday she will seek the post during the party's annual convention on Saturday, May 18. Democratic campaign strategist Jed Green will seek the vice-chair position.

Current Democratic Party Chairman Wallace Collins also is seeking re-election to the post, along with current vice-chair Dana Orwig. Collins is a former Democratic state legislator from Norman.

Johnson was first elected in 2004 and before that worked for more than two decades on the Senate staff.

In February, she was appointed to serve as the Chair of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators' Health Committee through 2014.

She represents a heavily Democratic district in northeast Oklahoma City and won her last election in 2010 with nearly 70 percent of the vote in a four-way Democratic primary. No Republican ran for the seat.