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Kendra Horn talks about running for OK-5

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Kendra Horn is a Democrat running for Oklahoma's 5th congressional district.
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COWETA, Okla. -- Democrat Kendra Horn is running for Oklahoma's 5th Congressional District, opposing incumbent Republican, U.S. Rep. Steve Russell of Choctaw, in 2018.

A native Oklahoman from Chickasha with strong Oklahoma roots, Horn is the Executive Director of Women Lead Oklahoma, a statewide, nonprofit organization with the purpose of promoting engagement of women in civic life.

She has a background in law and has worked on Capitol Hill, as well as working for gubernatorial candidate Joe Dorman, a Democrat, in 2014.

Horn is also a graduate of the University of Tulsa and the Law School of Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

“Women only make up 19 percent in Congress.” Horn told Red Dirt Report. “There are so many studies that show when there are more women at the table, everything improves.”

When asked her advice to young women starting their careers in politics and general she says, “Don’t be afraid to step out into something that challenges you. The things that scare you are the opportunities for the most growth.”

Horn is focused on closing the wage gap and improving the lives of working families.

“I can point to so many areas to show there is a wage gap.” She says. “You can look at the Bureau for Labor Statistics.”

Added Horn: “Equal wages are absolutely better for all of us.”

Horn says her ideal running mate, if she could have one would be Carl Albert, the McAlester native who served as the 46th Speaker of the House of Representatives between 1971 and 1977.

“He was an example of being able to work hard and looking out for working Oklahomans and keeping Oklahoma’s best interest at the forefront.”

Horn, who also worked for the Sally’s List non-profit, told Red Dirt Report in 2016 that women need to run for office, saying “Women bring a level of civility and a level of willingness of compromise that simply doesn’t exist in politics today.”

Added Horn, during the Sally’s List meeting in Norman, covered by Red Dirt Report, “We need young women, old women, single women, mothers, women with young kids and women of color. We really need women of color to run,” she said, adding the most important quality is to have women who care about the community.”

To learn more about Kendra Horn’s campaign, go to, while #FlipOK5 is the hashtag used by her campaign and supporters on social media.

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