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

posted Sep 27, 2015, 10:16 PM by Jody Harlan

 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


State Democratic Party Chair Mark Hammons to speak August 22 at BS & Beans

posted Aug 9, 2015, 10:41 PM by Jody Harlan   [ updated Aug 21, 2015, 10:29 PM ]

Oklahoma Democratic Party Chair Mark Hammons from Yukon will be the keynote speaker at the Canadian County Democrats annual  Night of BS and Beans on Saturday, August 22.

YUKON, Okla. – Oklahoma Democratic Party Chair Mark Hammons from Yukon will keynote the Canadian County Democrats annual Night of BS & Beans fundraiser from 6j-8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 22, at Redlands Community College Conference Center.

The entrance is located on the west side of main building one mile north of I-40 at 1300 S. Country Club in El Reno.

Hammons is an attorney with Hammons, Gowens, Hurst and Associates specializing in employment law. A former state representative, he recently served as Canadian County vice chair.

Guests will also be entertained by the Bean Supper Band, a local group of musical Democrats: Tim O’Connor and Tim Wagner both from Yukon, Worth Lambert from Kingfisher, Ron Marlett from Bethany.

Advance registration is requested to allow Redlands’ caterers to estimate an accurate number of guests.

Tickets are $35 until August 17 and $45 after that date and at the door. Event sponsorships and program ads are available. For more information, phone (405) 354-3189

Help the CC Dems get free school supplies to 100 lower income children

posted Jul 21, 2015, 9:06 PM by Jody Harlan

Here’s what we need to make this happen:

1) Donations to reduce the cost to the CC Dems. We spent $367.77 in 2014. Please write checks to Canadian County Democrats and please mail or deliver to 426 Poplar Ave, Yukon, OK, 73099.

2) 1-2 volunteers to help me purchase and unload school supplies. Meet me at 2 p.m. this Sunday, July 26, at Staples on Garth Brooks in Yukon.

3) 5-8 volunteers to stuff supplies starting at 6:30 p.m. next Wed., July 29, at our house, 426 Poplar Ave & 5th, in Yukon. Soft drinks & beer provided. Please drop off supply donations at this address.

4) At least 4 volunteers to help distribute the supplies and register voters on Sat., Aug. 1, 2015, from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. (or when we run out) at Lord’s Harvest Food Bank, 1020 Sunset Drive in El Reno.

Can we count on you? Please say yes and email or phone 405-326-3600 today. Thank you.

Donations requested for school supplies giveaway Aug 1 in El Reno

posted Jul 15, 2015, 9:15 PM by Jody Harlan   [ updated Jul 15, 2015, 9:16 PM ]

The CC Dems are accepting donations for our annual free school supplies giveaway. Please share and email or see attached flyer for more info.

Sat., Aug. 1, 2015   10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Lord’s Harvest Food Bank
1020 Sunset Drive, El Reno

Next speaker July 13 on legalization efforts for medicinal marijuana

posted Jul 9, 2015, 9:58 PM by Jody Harlan

 The Canadian County Democrats’ have invited Eric Smith, executive director of Oklahomans for Health, to be our next speaker from 7-8:30 p.m. on Monday, July 13. He is going to talk about past and future petitioning efforts for legalization of medicinal marijuana. Please join us and bring a friend. We think this is an issue/speaker of interest to young voters We meet at the Yukon Police Dept., 100 S. Ranchwood Blvd in Yukon, next to the skating rink. Map:


Save the date: CC Dems' annual Bean Supper Aug 22 at Redlands

posted Jul 9, 2015, 9:56 PM by Jody Harlan   [ updated Jul 9, 2015, 10:00 PM ]

Save the date! Canadian County’s Bean Supper & Forum 2015 is Sat., Aug 22. We've got the musical talents of the Bean Supper Band, our silent auction and the best Democrats in Oklahoma! It's 6-8:30 at Redlands Community College conference center, 1300 S. Country Club in El Reno. The entrance is on the west side of main building one mile north of I-40. Be there or be square!


Canadian County Dems elect officers & delegates

posted Apr 12, 2015, 2:51 PM by Jody Harlan   [ updated Apr 12, 2015, 3:25 PM ]

Congratulations to our county and state convention delegates and county officers. Mark Hammons, who is running for OK State Democratic Party Chair, and his wife Laurie, attended but left before the photo. Scroll down for the link to more photos. 
We elected 3rd District Delegates: Joel Baker, Sarah Baker, Michael Bounds, Jody Gross, Collier Hammons, Laurie Hammons, Mark Hammons, Tom Lucas, Annie Menz, Anna Belle Wiedemann.

 We also elected 4th District Delegates: Leon Pivinski and Shirley Robertson.

 County Officers: Shirley Burton, Secretary; Tim O’Connor, Vice Chair; Jody Harlan, Chair.

The delegates approved Mark Hammons’ resolutions to elect a County Youth Chair and to appoint a County Diversity chair and committee. Annie Menz was elected youth chair and second grader Emma Baker was named honorary vice chair.

 We passed one resolution asking Gov. Fallin to regulate fracking and wastewater injection. The file is attached.

 Check out CC Dems convention photos on at

Where can I get a map of my precinct?

posted Feb 25, 2015, 10:47 PM by Jody Harlan

If you know your precinct # (listed on your voter card), you can print a precinct map at Check out the boundaries for your precinct and consider serving as a precinct officer for your neighborhood.

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