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Canadian County Democrats Summer Calendar 05/29/17

posted May 29, 2017, 7:54 PM by Jody Harlan

Every Sat. & Some Evenings - Walk or drive to help Michael Brooks-Jimenez win in Senate District 44 (Mustang in Canadian County). 9 a.m.-1 p.m. or 1-4 p.m. and time to be arranged during week. Election: 07/11/17. Call 405-326-3600 to sign up and get meeting location.

Tues., May 30 - Meet Steven Vincent, candidate for Senate District 45 (10 precincts in Mustang & S. Canadian County), 7-8 p.m. at Mustang Parks and Recreation, 1201 N. Mustang. Map:; Primary: 08/08/17. Election: 11/04/17.

Sat., June 3 - Block Party for Michael Brooks-Jimenez, 5 p.m., two blocks north on Westbrooke Blvd, west OKC. Hot dogs & moon bounce for kids. Directions: From I-40 headed west: Go south on Morgan Rd. Turn left (east) on SW 29th. Turn left (north) on Westbrooke Blvd. Party is on the green belt (park area).

Mon., June 12 - Canadian County Democrats Monthly Meeting, 7-8:30 p.m., at Yukon Police Department, 100 S. Ranchwood Blvd, Yukon. Speaker: Kendra Horn, executive director of Sally’s List and Women Lead Oklahoma, Map:

Sat., June 17 - Families are welcome to attend our free FUNraiser (not FUNDraiser) picnic, 4 -8 p.m. at Wild Horse Park, 1201 N. Mustang Road in Mustang. Map: We will honor CCD scholarship winner Kalyn Cargill. Bring food to share, lawn chairs, kids and Democratic friends.

Mon., July 10 - Canadian County Democrats Monthly Meeting, 7-8:30 p.m., at Yukon Police Department, 100 S. Ranchwood Blvd, Yukon. Map:

Sat., July 22 – Annual Fiesta, 6:00-8:30 p.m. at Redlands Community College conference center, 1300 S. Country Club in El Reno. Keynote speaker, elected Democrats, Bean Supper Band & silent auction. Festive or work attire. Tickets $45 thru July 10. $55 after July 10 and at the door. Program ads and sponsorships available. Enter on west (back side) of main building located one mile north of I-40. Auction donations and volunteers needed. Map:

Sat., Aug 5 - School Supplies Giveaway, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at Lord’s Harvest Food Bank, 1020 Sunset Dr, El Reno. We help lower income kids get ready for school. Donations and volunteers needed. Map:

Mon., Aug 14 - Canadian County Democrats Monthly Meeting, 7-8:30 p.m., at Yukon Police Department, 100 S. Ranchwood Blvd, Yukon. Map:

More info: 405-326-3600
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Former Representative, Canadian County Democrat Anna Belle Wiedemann honored

posted May 13, 2017, 10:34 PM by Jody Harlan

OKLAHOMA CITY — A wheat field, a hog pen, a corner office, the floor of the State House of Representatives, an international food trade market — these are all places that Anna Belle Wiedemann would feel comfortable in. A more diverse agriculturalist would be hard to find.

The first agricultural operation she ran with her husband, Carl, had no running water and no indoor bathroom. Today, the Slash C Ranch encompasses just under 2,000 acres that sprawl through Kingfisher and Canadian Counties. Laying hens, hogs, cattle and wheat have all contributed to the success of the ranch, but production agriculture is just the beginning of Wiedemann’s service to the agriculture industry.

After forming and then serving as president of the first Democratic Women’s Club in her county, Wiedemann was elected to the Oklahoma State House of Representatives in 1968 where she focused on agricultural issues as well as the good of all Oklahomans. She also served as the liaison between the agriculture committee and the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture. After her stint in the House, she went to work for the Oklahoma Consumer Credit Commission and then served as the Interim County Commissioner for Canadian County.

In 1984, Wiedemann took on the role of Coordinator of International Marketing for the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry. With this position she traveled extensively promoting the state’s agricultural products in markets across the world. She became the director of ODAFF’s Market Development Division promoting state-branded and educational programs. In addition, she was instrumental in the growth of farmers markets in the state and heavily promoted the use of local products by restaurants. Her next ODAFF position was Director of Rural Development where she designed and implemented programs that helped improve the rural economy of the state.

Through her long-term involvement with the Oklahoma CattleWomen, Wiedemann has been a valuable asset to the beef industry. She is a faithful supporter of 4-H and FFA programs and has served on many agriculture-related boards and committees where she worked tirelessly to improve the industry in her county, state, nation and world. She is an outstanding leader and public servant for agriculture.

–Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - See more at:

Join us! Lots going on for Democrats in May

posted Apr 30, 2017, 11:17 PM by Jody Harlan

Several great things are going on with the Canadian County Democrats. Hope to see you soon!

We’re going to be at El Reno Burger Day this Sat., May 6, from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. We need volunteers for 2-3 hours. The booth will be located on the east side of Woodson Street between Bickford & Rock Island in El Reno.

Our next monthly meeting is 7-8:30 p.m. on Mon., May 8, at the Yukon Police Dept., 100 N. Ranchwood (just south of the skating rink). Our speaker is LaRenda Morgan, the Native American Liaison at the Oklahoma Democratic PartyMap:

Hope you can come to precinct officer training from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Wed., May 10, at the Yukon Police Dept. We’re going to get some tips on being a volunteer and learn how to use the Democrats’ VAN database to look up voters. We have ordered VAN for the precinct officers elected March 8. Let me know if you want to be a precinct officer 405-326-3600 so we can get you added.

The Oklahoma Democratic Party’s State Convention will be May 19 and 20 at the Tower Hotel, 3233 NW Expressway, OKC.

May 19 is an optional day with great training starting at 10 a.m. at the Tower Hotel. More info:

May 19 is the Carl Albert Dinner at the Tower Hotel. Chairman Reception 6 p.m. Dinner 7 p.m. Ticket prices and more info:

Everyone can go to the OK State Democratic Convention on May 20. Only delegates and officers can vote. (Please call me at 405-326-3600 if you are a delegate, but can’t attend. We will find someone to vote in your place. Registration (Credentials) starts at 8 a.m. Convention 10 a.m. . The Canadian County Democrats are going to buy Subway sandwiches, drinks and snacks for each delegate. If you prefer, you can order tickets to an optional $25 convention lunch

Carl Albert Dinner to help fund State Democratic Party Convention

posted Mar 26, 2017, 2:03 PM by Jody Harlan

The Carl Albert Dinner in OKC is a fundraiser that helps pay expenses for the Oklahoma Democratic Party's State Convention the next day, May 20. The convention is free to attend. Please consider purchasing Carl Albert Dinner tickets or make a donation if you can to help with rental of The Tower facility and other costs. If you can't attend, consider donating your tickets to create opportunities for young Democrats and others.

Do you know someone who needs a $500 college/career tech scholarship?

posted Mar 14, 2017, 10:53 PM by Jody Harlan   [ updated Mar 14, 2017, 10:53 PM ]

Apply now for the Canadian County Democrats’ $500 awards named the Robert "Bob" Burton Democratic Scholarships, which are named in memory of the organization’s former county vice chair for whom the awards are named. Bob Burton's widow Shirley is secretary of the Canadian County Democrats. Their children Amber Meiki and Robert Burton are pleased that the scholarships are given in their father's honor.

The deadline to apply is April 28. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Scholarship committee members include Burton, Laurie Hammons and Dennis Purifoy.

For applications or more information, contact Burton at 405-354-5754 or


Precinct meetings & county convention coming soon!

posted Feb 3, 2017, 8:49 PM by Jody Harlan   [ updated Feb 3, 2017, 8:50 PM ]

If not you, then who? Join us at Canadian County's precinct meetings on Thurs. March 9. Grassroots leaders elected there will be voting delegates to our county convention on Thurs, March 30. You will pick our next county secretary, vice chair and chair and could be elected as a delegate to the district and state meetings.  Both meetings are at 7 p.m. at Canadian Valley Tech Center, 6505 East Highway 66 in El Reno. Map: See you there!

Register online to vote by mail

posted Jan 29, 2017, 9:09 PM by Jody Harlan

Voting by mail is easy! Make s
ure you never miss a chance to vote for Democratic candidates again. Register online now for all elections in 2017 at You'll be glad you did. Please share this info with others who vote like we do!

CC Dems meeting location change for Feb. 13, 2017 only

posted Dec 8, 2016, 11:56 PM by Jody Harlan

Meeting location change for Feb. only! The Canadian County Democrats' Feb. 13 meeting will be at a temporary location due to a scheduling conflict. We will still meet at 7 p.m., but we will meet in Feb. only at the Yukon Library, 1200 Lakeshore Drive. Library map: In Jan. and the rest of the year (except Dec. when we have a party) we will meet at the Police Department at 100 S. Ranchwood on the second Monday of each month. Police Dept. map: Hope to see you there!

33 families served by Canadian County Democrats’ school supplies giveaway Aug 6

posted Aug 7, 2016, 11:01 AM by Jody Harlan   [ updated Aug 7, 2016, 12:42 PM ]

Caption: The Canadian County Democrats distributed school supplies for the 10th year last Saturday, August 6 (first row from left) Dennis Purifoy, candidate for state House District 60, Kelsey Ruby, Shirley Burton, Stephanie Fraker, Cecil Drabek; (2nd row) Cassie Purifoy, Cheryl Drabek and Bruce Fraker.

CANADIAN COUNTY, Okla. – Thirty-three families with an average of four students each lined up Saturday, August 6 at the Lord’s Harvest Food Bank in El Reno to receive school supplies donated by the Canadian County Democrats.

The volunteers also registered three voters, two Democrats and one Republican.

“This is the tenth year that the Canadian County Democrats have distributed school supplies in the county,” said Dennis Purifoy, candidate for House District 60, which includes El Reno and west Yukon. “We are happy to help the community with an outreach project that gets students ready for school and helps teachers with basic supplies their students need to succeed in school.”


Democratic candidates file April 13-15

posted Mar 6, 2016, 11:07 AM by Jody Harlan   [ updated Mar 6, 2016, 11:10 AM ]

 Mad? Sad? Depressed? What can you do to change politics in Oklahoma, Canadian County or the U.S.? Run for office! The Canadian County Democrats will pay your filing fees if you run in our county. We will volunteer for you.  Candidates file for state, federal and county offices from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 13-15, 2016. Those filing for state and federal offices go to the Oklahoma State Election Board at the State Capitol, 2300 N. Lincoln Blvd, OKC. File for county offices at the Canadian County Election Board, 200 S. Bickford in El Reno.

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