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OK Democratic Party Secretary to Speak March 9

posted Mar 2, 2010, 1:02 AM by Jody Harlan

"Politics and the Democratic Party" will be the topic when Oklahoma County Democratic Party Secretary Tom Guild speaks to the Canadian County Democrats at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 9. The meeting at Canadian Valley Technology Center is free and open to the public with seating available on a first come, first served basis. The facility is located at 6505 E. Highway 66 between Yukon and El Reno.

"From 1907 until recently Oklahoma was considered a modified one party Democratic state," Guild said. "Recently, the Republicans have taken over a majority in the congressional delegation and now have majorities in the state House and Senate, but currently Democrats control all statewide state offices, except the three seats on the Corporation Commission.

"My presentation to the Canadian County Democrats will focus on this question: ‘Is the shift toward becoming a one party or modified one party Republican state inevitable, or are there demographic and other forces afoot that will potentially alter the partisan makeup of Oklahoma and strengthen the hand of Democrats in the near or long term?’"

Guild taught 27 years at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond and three years at Oklahoma City University. He earned a bachelor of arts in political science with a minor in Spanish from the University of Oklahoma in Norman and his juris doctor degree in law from Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

He has served as a national, state and local officer in the American Association of University Professors and started three charitable funds: Tommy’s Fund, to help underprivileged children at Payne Elementary School in Wichita, where he attended kindergarten and first grade; the Guild Scholarship at UCO for those planning a career in law or public service; and Hometown Heroes to assist veterans with the costs of attending colleges in central Oklahoma.

The Canadian County Democrats meet at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month, except Dec., at Canadian Valley Technology Center. For more information, phone 405-354-3189.