“The fact that we got almost 6 (percent) is an incredible success. Right now our problem is just trying to get so much enthusiasm and activists organized into something that can be effective.”

– Oklahoma Libertarian party chairwoman Tina Kelly, on relatively high turnout for her party’s presidential candidate in Oklahoma. As a result, the party will be able to remain a recognized political party until at least the 2018 statewide elections (Source


Carly Putnam joined OK Policy in 2013. As Policy Director, she supervises policy research and strategy. She previously worked as an OK Policy intern, and she was OK Policy's health care policy analyst through July 2020. She graduated from the University of Tulsa in 2013. As a student, she was a participant in the National Education for Women (N.E.W.) Leadership Institute and interned with Planned Parenthood. Carly is a graduate of the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits Nonprofit Management Certification; the Oklahoma Developmental Disabilities Council’s Partners in Policymaking; The Mine, a social entrepreneurship fellowship in Tulsa; and Leadership Tulsa Class 62. She currently serves on the boards of Restore Hope Ministries and The Arc of Oklahoma. In her free time, she enjoys reading, cooking, and doing battle with her hundred year-old house.

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