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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.

Register to vote by Feb. 5, Vote in Pres Primary March 1

posted Jan 24, 2016, 12:34 PM by Jody Harlan

Political decisions are made by people who show up! VOTE Tuesday, March 1, in the Democratic Presidential Primary Election, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.  Oklahomans registered as Independents will be able to vote in the Democratic primary. Vote early at the County Election Board office at 200 South Bickford Avenue in El Reno from 8 AM to 6 PM on Thursday and Friday before all elections. You also can vote early from 9 AM to 2 PM on Saturday before the election.

Find out more about the candidates here:

Find your polling place here:

February 5 is the last day to register to vote in the Democratic Presidential Primary. Download a voter registration form here:

Holiday Party Friday, Dec. 11

posted Nov 1, 2015, 9:37 PM by Jody Harlan   [ updated Oct 2, 2016, 9:17 PM ]

Happy Holidays! Please join the Canadian County Democrats for our annual Holiday Party, 6-8:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 11, at the home of Dick and Pat Swift, 302 S. Holly in Yukon. Thanks so much to our hosts! It’s a casual, drop-in celebration thing with everyone bringing a favorite snack. Park at our house (426 Poplar Ave), at old Central Elementary (6th & Oak) or on any street in the neighborhood except in those next to the fire station. We will accept donations for our scholarship fund and have a small silent auction (only 8-10 items). Join the fun and remember no December meeting.

Schedule for Democratic presidential debates

posted Oct 26, 2015, 8:10 PM by Jody Harlan

Mark your calendars. Here’s the schedule for the Democratic presidential debates:


Democrats sponsor Black Towns presentation Oct 25

posted Oct 19, 2015, 10:40 PM by Jody Harlan

Over 400 people attended the first “Black Towns Then… Black Towns Now” presentation when The Coltrane Group staged the ground-breaking presentation for the first time at the Oklahoma History Center. Now the presentation will be offered for the first time on the road from 2-4:30 p.m. at Redlands Community College, 1300 S. Country Club in El Reno, this Sunday, Oct. 25. Redlands Community College is the presenting sponsor. Other sponsors are the Canadian County Democrats and Nelson & Ferraro. Please share. Join us and bring a friend.

Ride our float, visit our booth at Yukon’s Czech Festival – Sat., Oct. 3.

posted Sep 27, 2015, 10:16 PM by Jody Harlan   [ updated Oct 2, 2016, 9:17 PM ]

 Please join float riders and walkers by 9:00 a.m. on Garth Brooks Blvd. (south of Main Street, also known as Route 66)? Our float is #64. Let’s wear blue. Signs are great! Kids welcome with adult supervision! Parade starts at 10 a.m. Map: Directions: Take the Garth Brooks exit from I-40. Go north. Park at the middle school on Garth Brooks (on your right) and walk north a short distance to the float. Look for our signs on the float and an turquoise truck. We need volunteers to drive walkers back to their cars after the parade.

Booth – Help us set up the booth at 7:45 a.m. or volunteer for 2-3 hours shifts until 3 p.m.? We’ll have our popular bean counter display that lets people “vote” on the issues that are important to them so we can report results to local media. Our booth will be located around 4th and Main (near Yukon National Bank). Map: Remember, wear blue if you can.

Please contact Jody at 405-326-3600 or or Shirley B. at 354-3189 or to reserve your spot today. Thank you.

Change in Canadian County Dems' September 14 meeting location

posted Sep 9, 2015, 11:41 PM by Jody Harlan

The Sept. 14 location for the Canadian County Democrats’ meeting  has changed to the Mable C. Fry Library, 1200 Lakeshore Drive in Yukon. Licensed Life and Health Insurance Agent Stephen Covert will speak about the benefits of the Affordable Care Act. After September, the group will continue to meet at 7 p.m. on the second Monday of each month (except December) at the Yukon Police Department located at 100 S. Ranchwood Boulevard.


Yukon leader earns Democrat of the Year award

posted Sep 2, 2015, 8:17 PM by Jody Harlan

The Canadian County Democrats celebrated the 10th anniversary of their BS & Beans fundraiser at Redlands Community College. Oklahoma Democratic Party Chair Mark Hammons (left), County Chair Jody Harlan (left center) and (right) Shirley Burton presented the 2015 Canadian County Democrat of the Year Award to Vice Chair Tim O’Connor (right center). All of these Democratic leaders are from Yukon.

EL RENO, Okla.  – The Canadian County Democrats’ Vice Chair Tim O’Connor earned the 2015 Canadian County Democrat of the Year award at the organization’s recent BS and Beans fundraiser.

The event was held for the 10th year at Redlands Community College in El Reno.

Following the traditional beans and cornbread supper and a performance by the Bean Supper Band, Rep. David Perryman (D- House District 56) addressed approximately 60 guests at the event.

Oklahoma Democratic Party chair Mark Hammons presented the keynote address, outlining his concerns and strategic plans for the future. Hammons presided over a Democratic convention in July that debated and approved allowing Independents to vote in Democratic primaries for the first time in Oklahoma.

Hammons joined County Secretary Shirley Burton and Chair Jody Harlan on stage for awards presentation to O’Connor, whom Harlan recognized for “staying calm in a crisis, combining hard work with a sense of humor and a certain amount of musical talent.”

O’Connor is a guitar player in the Bean Supper Band. The band formed six years ago to entertain at the annual bean supper.

Other band members are Worth Lambert, Kingfisher; Ron Marlett, Bethany; and Tim Wagner, Yukon.

Hammons, Harlan and Burton awarded the 2015 Honorary Canadian County Democrat of the Year honors to Democratic Party Third Congressional District Vice Chair Mack Miller from Chester for his work to support Democrats in the county.

“Thanks very much to all our speakers, volunteers, the Bean Supper Band and sponsors who made the 10th Night of BS & Beans another big success,” Secretary Shirley Burton said. “This event just keeps getting better and better.”

Sponsors included: Mark and Laurie Hammons, Sarah Fraker, Bruce and Stephanie Fraker, Robert “Bob” Burton Family, Tom Guild, Kingfisher County Democrats and Worth and Paula Lambert, Tim Wagner and Cocina De Mino Mexican Restaurantés, Cassi Peters and Joe Hartman, Terry Thompson, Jenny Thompson, Dean Rinehart; Jim Huff; Cathy and Randy Stanford; Patricia Al-Sharif, Loralee Cooley and Kalynn Free.

The Canadian County Democrats meet from 7-8:30 p.m. on the second Monday of each month (except December) at the Yukon Police Department, 100 S. Ranchwood Blvd. The next meeting will be September July 14.

For more information, phone 405-354-3189 or visit the Canadian County Democrats website at


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