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Canadian County Democrats to elect county officers, convention delegates March 30

posted Mar 19, 2017, 11:08 PM by Jody Harlan   [ updated Mar 20, 2017, 7:46 PM ]

CANADIAN COUNTY, Okla. – Grassroots leaders elected at the Canadian County Democrats’ recent precinct meetings will serve as voting delegates to the county convention on Thurs, March 30. The convention is scheduled from 7-9 p.m. in Seminar C at Canadian County Technology Center, 6505 E. Hwy. 66 in El Reno.

The convention delegates will elect a county secretary, vice chair and chair and 12 delegates to represent Canadian County at upcoming Congressional District and State Conventions.

Two delegates from Mustang will attend the District 4 convention, while 10 delegates will go to District 3 meeting. The number of delegates is based on the percentage of the county in each district.

The group will also hold a town hall meeting following the precinct elections.

Participants are encouraged to park on the south side of building and enter through the west entrance.

There is no charge to attend. Light refreshments will be served.

“We had an outstanding turnout and a lot of enthusiasm at our precinct meetings this year,” Vice Chair Tim O’Connor said. “Our county convention is the next step in signing up grassroots leaders who will get active in the political process and community activities like our scholarship program and school supply giveaway.”
 
The Canadian County Democrats will normally meets at 7 p.m. on the second Monday of each month (except December) at the Yukon Police Department, 100 S Ranchwood. The next meeting will be April 10.
 
For more information about the Canadian County Democrats, email hwinc@cox.net
or 405-326-3600.

Canadian County students encouraged to apply for Democrats’ $500 scholarships

posted Mar 14, 2017, 10:48 PM by Jody Harlan

CANADIAN COUNTY, Okla. – Students are encouraged to apply for the Canadian County Democrats’ Robert "Bob" Burton Democratic Scholarships. The $500 scholarships will be awarded in memory of the organization’s former county vice chair for whom the awards are named.

Applicants must be Democrats registered in Canadian County and enrolled at least half-time at any accredited state-funded college, university or career technology center in Oklahoma.

Students of all ages are eligible.

Scholarship applicants must write a brief essay, complete answers to several questions and submit copies of two letters of recommendation and their voter identification cards.

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

“The Canadian County Democrats have awarded scholarships for eleven years to help students reach their educational goals,” Shirley Burton, scholarship committee chair said. “We have been proud to help our scholarship winners graduate and go on to reach their career goals.”

Burton is the widow of Bob Burton, for whom the scholarships are named. She is secretary of the Canadian County Democrats.

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

For applications or more information, contact Burton at 405-354-5754 or sbrtn19@aol.com.

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Canadian County Democrats to hold precinct elections, town hall meeting March 9

posted Feb 12, 2017, 12:04 AM by Jody Harlan

CANADIAN COUNTY, Okla. -- Democrats are invited to participate in meetings on Thursday, March 9, to elect local officers for more than 50 Canadian County neighborhoods, known as precincts. The meetings will be held from 7-9 p.m. at the Canadian Valley Technology Center at 6505 E. Highway 66 between Yukon and El Reno.

Openings are available for chairs, vice chairs and secretaries who will serve for two years.

Precinct elections are held in odd-numbered years.

Grassroots leaders elected will serve as voting delegates to the Canadian County Democrats’ county convention on Thurs, March 30. The delegates will also represent county Democrats at the district and state conventions later in the spring.

The group will hold a town hall meeting to gather input form participants following the precinct elections.

The meetings will be held in rooms 131 north & south and classroom 3 A/B. Participants are encouraged to park on the south side of building and enter through the middle entrance.

There is no charge to attend. Light refreshments will be served.

“If you or someone you know wants to become a grassroots leader, you have a great chance of being elected at the precinct meetings,” Canadian County Democrats Secretary Shirley Burton, from Yukon, said. “We can help you find your precinct, explain how the election process works and want to discuss how you would like to make a difference.”

Precinct officers may register voters in their neighborhoods, assist the county party with special events and help candidates during elections. Others are less active, but still important to the county party.

The Canadian County Democrats will not hold their regularly scheduled monthly meeting in March because the precinct meetings are scheduled so close to the regular meeting time.

The group normally meets at 7 p.m. on the second Monday of each month (except December) at the Yukon Police Department, 100 S Ranchwood. The next meeting after the elections will be April 10.

For more information about the Canadian County Democrats, phone  405-326-3600.

Civil rights director to speak to Canadian County Democrats Feb. 13

posted Feb 3, 2017, 8:08 PM by Jody Harlan

YUKON, Okla. – Veronica Laizure, civil rights director for the Council on American Islamic Relations will speak to the Canadian County Democrats at 7 p.m. on Monday, February 13.

The February meeting will relocate to the Yukon Public Library, 1200 Lakeshore Drive, due to a scheduling conflict. Map: https://binged.it/2kJa0x4.

After earning a juris doctorate from the University of Oklahoma College of Law and being admitted to practice law in Oklahoma in 2014, Laizure joined CAIR Oklahoma as staff attorney.

Her role expanded to civil rights director in 2015.

Laizure’s commentary on the state of civil rights in Oklahoma has been published in dozens of local media outlets.

She has made presentations to a variety of organizations, including the Oklahoma Department of Education, the John Hope Franklin Symposium, the Arkansas Fair Housing Commission and many interfaith programs.

“I am proud to serve the Muslim community of Oklahoma and to build bridges of tolerance, justice, and mutual understanding in the state that I call home,” Laizure said.

“We are very happy to welcome Veronica Laizure to Canadian County and look forward to her presentation to our group,” Canadian County Democrats’ Vice Chair Tim O’Connor said.

For more information about CAIR, visit http://www.cairoklahoma.com.

The Canadian County Democrats regularly meet at 7 p.m. on the second Monday of each month (except December) at the Yukon Police Department,100 S. Ranchwood. However, Democratic county parties across the state, including Canadian County, are scheduling precinct organizing meetings on Thursday, March 9.

An announcement on the March meeting location is expected soon. Organizers are searching for a facility large enough to accommodate the number of Democrats planning to attend.

“The November election energized Democrats we have not seen before who are filling every seat at our recent meetings,” Canadian County Democrats’ Secretary Shirley Burton said. “Our precinct meetings are a great opportunity to get involved because we usually have a grassroots position for every person who comes to this organizing meeting.”

“Our volunteers can then be as active as they want be in voter registration, our scholarship and school supply giveaway and other community outreach programs.”

For more information, contact hwinc@cox.net or 405-326-3600.


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Two Democratic leaders team up Jan 9 for presentation to Canadian County Democrats

posted Dec 26, 2016, 9:09 PM by Jody Harlan   [ updated Dec 27, 2016, 9:55 PM ]



Caption: Joe Dorman (top) and Ken Corn (bottom) will speak to the Canadian County Democrats at 7 p.m. on January 9 at the Yukon Police Department, 100 S. Ranchwood. 
 
YUKON, Okla. – Two Democratic leaders, Joe Dorman and Ken Corn, will inform and inspire the Canadian County Democrats at their first monthly meeting of the year on January 9, 2017.

Dorman and Corn will focus on getting involved in the state legislative process at the request of the organization’s members.

All Democrats are welcome to attend the free meeting from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Yukon Police Department, 100 S. Ranchwood.

Former state Representative Joe Dorman now serves as the chief executive officer for the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy.

The mission of OICA is creating awareness, taking action and changing policy to improve the health, safety and well-being of Oklahoma’s children.

A Democratic candidate for governor in 2014, Dorman previously served as a state representative in District 65, including Caddo, Comanche, Grady, Stephens and Cotton counties.

Former state senator Ken Corn is Anadarko city manager.

Corn was elected to his Senate seat by an 80 percent margin and made history as the second-youngest official in the state’s history to serve in the Oklahoma Senate.

He served as a senator from 2002 until 2010 in a district that includes Sequoyah and LeFlore counties and ran for lieutenant governor in 2010.

“We are pleased to have Joe and Ken help kick off the new year in Canadian County,” Tim O’Connor, Canadian County Democrats’ vice chair, said. “We expect to have a great crowd and encourage every interested Democrat to join us.”

The Canadian County Democrats’ meetings are regularly held on the second Monday of each month (except December) at the Yukon Police Department training room,100 S. Ranchwood. However, the meeting on Feb. 13, will be moved to the Yukon Library, 500 W. Main, due to a scheduling conflict. The Democrats will meet again at the Yukon Police Department starting on March 13.

For more information, visit www.canadiancodems.org/ or contact hwinc@cox.net or 405-326-3600.

Democratic party Director Sarah Baker to analyze election results Nov 14

posted Nov 7, 2016, 9:34 PM by Jody Harlan

YUKON, Okla. – Oklahoma Democratic Party Executive Director Sarah Baker will analyze election results at the Canadian County Democrats meeting on Monday, November 14.

The public is invited to attend from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Yukon Police Department, 100 S. Ranchwood Boulevard in Yukon.

Baker, who was appointed in July, previously served as Oklahoma Democratic Party’s communication director.
 
A former Yukon resident and mother to three young children, she ran for Oklahoma House of Representatives in 2014.

Baker also served as state legislative chair and vice president of communications for the Oklahoma Parent
Teacher Association. Baker, owned and operated a small business and was also a member of the State Department of Education’s Character Development Education Task Force.

“Oklahoma Democrats are committed to putting the people of Oklahoma first,” Baker said. “We  promote the values and policies that advance the common good and expand opportunities for every resident of our state.”

The Canadian County Democrats regularly meet at 7:00 p.m. on the second Monday of each month, except December, at the Yukon Police Department. The members will celebrate with a holiday party in December on a date to be announced soon. For more information, phone 405-326-3600.

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Canadian County Dems poll Czech Day visitors on top issues

posted Oct 2, 2016, 11:23 PM by Jody Harlan

Canadian County Democrats’ volunteers (from left) Susan Schmidt, Amber Meiki, Shiloh Meiki, Charles Sanchez, Cheryl Drabek and Shirley Burton polled Czech Day visitors on their top concerns. Schmidt holds a puppet used in videos opposing State Question 777, Right to Farm.

YUKON, Okla. – Twenty-three percent of Czech Festival participants were most concerned about public education on October 01, according to an unofficial bean poll taken by the Canadian County Democrats at their booth in Yukon.

Hundreds of visitors stopped by the Democrats’ booth to drop pinto beans into 11 slots separated by acrylic and wood.

“The bean poll is a fun way for people to prioritize their top concerns,” Canadian County Democrats Secretary Shirley Burton said. “We had lines of people in front of our booth all day long. Czech Fest was definitely one of our most successful events all year long.”

Democratic volunteers reported the second most popular issue in the bean poll was healthcare with 18 percent. Veterans services was third with 16 percent. Equal pay/minimum wage increase and better roads/bridges/public transportation tied for fourth place with 7 percent.

Three topics tied for fifth place with 6 percent of the vote: Medicare, earthquakes and access to birth control.

Susan Schmidt brought her puppet Peggy Piglet to advocate against State Question 777, known as “Right to Harm” by opponents. Schmidt and her husband Bill produced four YouTube videos about problems they see with the ballot measure that would benefit multi-national, corporate factories who want to avoid legal limits on their water pollution. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fo46vZJzgsw

The remaining topics in the bean poll included wind and solar energy with 5 percent, local government with 4 percent and social services funding with 2 percent.

The Canadian County Democrats meet at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month, except December, at the Yukon Police Department, 100 S. Ranchwood Boulevard.  For more information, phone 405- 326-3600.

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OK Women’s Coalition director to speak Oct 10 to Canadian County Democrats

posted Oct 2, 2016, 9:09 PM by Jody Harlan   [ updated Oct 2, 2016, 9:44 PM ]

YUKON, Oklahoma – Danielle Ezell, executive director of the Oklahoma Women’s Coalition, will focus on the status of women in Oklahoma and the Coalition’s legislative agenda during her presentation to the Canadian County Democrats on Monday, October 10.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the Yukon Police Department, 100 S. Ranchwood Boulevard.

A passionate advocate for women, Danielle Ezell joined the OWC as executive director in 2015.
 
The Coalition is a statewide non-profit working to improve the lives of women and girls in Oklahoma.

Under Danielle’s leadership, the OWC had its most successful legislative session in its history in 2016.

“The Coalition introduced or supported a record breaking nine pieces of legislation that will make our state a better place for women,” Ezell explained.

In addition, OWC came very close to passing an equal pay bill

Despite passage of the Equal Pay Act of 1963, which requires that men and women in the same work place be paid equal pay for equal work, the "gender gap" in pay persists.

In 2014, the typical woman working full-time all year in the U.S. earned only 79 cents for every dollar earned by the typical man earned working full-time all year. The pay gap is even greater for African-American and Latina women, with African-American women earning 64 cents and Latina women earning 56 cents for every dollar earned by a white non-Hispanic man.

In addition to its advocacy work, the Coalition supports programs to develop women and girls as leaders to run for office, to fill seats on boards and commissions and to have influence on decisions made at the city, county and state levels.

OWC also raises awareness of issues impacting women in our state through various education efforts.

Danielle brings to the Coalition over 25 years of management, marketing, public relations and human resources experience. She is accredited in public relations and also earned her Senior Professional in Human Resources certification in 2015.

Originally from Buffalo, N.Y., she earned a bachelor’s degree in public relations from Syracuse University and a MBA from Oklahoma City University.

The Canadian County Democrats regularly 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.

For more information about Canadian County Democrats' activities, phone 405-354-3189.

Canadian County Dems poll Western Day visitors on top issues

posted Sep 14, 2016, 11:54 PM by Jody Harlan

Canadian County Democrats’ volunteers (from left) Cheryl Drabek, Annie Menz and Shirley Burton polled Western Days visitors on their priority issues. 

MUSTANG, Okla. – Thirty-five percent of Western Day participants were most concerned about public education on September 10, according to an unofficial bean poll taken by the Canadian County Democrats at their booth in Yukon.

Hundreds of visitors stopped by the Democrats’ booth to drop pinto beans into 11  slots with topics separated by acrylic and wood.

“People like to be asked for their opinions,” Canadian County Democrats Secretary Shirley Burton said. “The bean poll starts lots of conversations with everyone talking about their own experiences and sharing ideas rather than separating along party lines.”

“We registered a lot of voters at Western Days and had several young people come up (to our table) who were looking for political alternatives to the status quo,” Burton said.

Democratic volunteers reported the second place issue as veterans services with 18.33 percent. Healthcare was third with 12.08 percent, while Medicare was fourth with 8.75 percent and roads/public transit was fifth with 7.08 percent.

The remaining topics included earthquakes with 4.58 percent in the poll followed by wind/solar energy with 3.75 percent, social services with 3.33 percent, birth control with 2.91 percent, local government with 1.66 percent and the least popular issue, equal pay, with .25 percent.

“Wed had a wonderful time at Western Days,” Burton said. “We plan to participate again next year.”

The Canadian County Democrats meet at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month, except December, at the Yukon Police Department, 100 S. Ranchwood Boulevard.  For more information, phone 405- 326-3600.


Public Education was the top issue with 35 percent of the votes cast in the Canadian County Democrats’ (pinto) bean poll. Volunteers found a box to capture overflow after voters filled the acrylic and wood slot.
 

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Public invited to meet El Reno candidates Sept. 11 at ice cream social

posted Sep 3, 2016, 11:00 PM by Jody Harlan

EL RENO, Okla. – The public is invited to a free ice cream social from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, September 11, for two Democratic candidates who will be on the November 8th ballot in El Reno.

Dennis Purifoy is seeking election to the state House of Representatives in District 60.

Larry Wasson is running for office in state Senate District 23.

The event will be hosted by the Evergreen Chapter #6 of the Order of the Eastern Star and the Canadian County Democrats at Northwest Community Center at 520 N. Grand and Foreman Road in El Reno.

The Evergreen Chapter meets from 2 -4 p.m. on the second Sunday of each month at Northwest Community Center.

The Canadian County Democrats meet at 7 p.m. on the second Monday of each month at the Yukon Police Department located at 100 S. Ranchwood Boulevard in Yukon.

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