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Canadian County Democrats invited to free picnic June 17

posted Jun 12, 2017, 11:25 PM by Jody Harlan

YUKON, Okla. — Families are welcome to attend the Canadian County Democrats’ free FUNraiser picnic from 4 -8 p.m. on Saturday, June 7. at Wild Horse Park, 1201 N. Mustang Road in Mustang. Map: http://mapq.st/2lSkPxN.

The Democrats will honor their 2017 scholarship winner Kaylyn Cargill.

“We want everyone to bring food to share, lawn chairs, kids and Democratic friends,” Canadian County Democrats Secretary Shirley Burton said.

The Canadian County Democrats meet at 7 p.m. on the second Monday of each month, except December, at the Yukon Police Department, 100 S. Ranchwood Boulevard. The group is actively recruiting Young Democrats. For more information about activities, phone 405-326-3600.

Canadian County Democrats award $500 scholarship to Yukon student

posted Jun 4, 2017, 11:56 PM by Jody Harlan

YUKON, Okla. —Young Democrat Kaylyn Cargill from Yukon is the 2017 winner of a $500 scholarship awarded by the Canadian County Democrats.

The scholarship is named in honor of deceased former county Vice Chair Robert “Bob” Burton, who encouraged young Democrats to become active in the Democratic Party.

Cargill is a graduate of Mustang High School and has attended Oklahoma City Community College.

Democrats are invited to honor Cargill at a free FUNraiser picnic from 4 -8 p.m. on Saturday, June 17, at Wild Horse Park, 1201 N. Mustang Road in Mustang.

Cargill became active in Democratic politics when her father, O. A. Cargill IV, ran for state House of Representatives in District 47 in 2016.

“Ever since then, I’ve found myself striving to make a difference in our community in similar ways as him,” she wrote on her scholarship application. “I plan to continue growing and becoming more of an asset to the Democratic Party for as long as I able.”

“I’ve found nothing but acceptance in our party through our monthly meetings and various events,” Cargill wrote. “I am inspired by the hope the party holds to spread this acceptance and am in love with the fight to better my society along with like-minded individuals.”

“Kaylyn Cargill is already a fully functioning leader in the Canadian County Democratic Party,” Vice Chair Dennis Purifoy said. “We are happy to offer scholarships to outstanding Democrats like Kaylyn and help with her education and future success.”

The Canadian County Democrats meet at 7 p.m. on the second Monday of each month at the Yukon Police Department, 100 S. Ranchwood Boulevard. The group is actively recruiting Young Democrats. For more information about activities, visit www.canadiancodems.org or phone 405-326-3600.

Sally’s List/Women Lead Oklahoma director to speak

posted May 24, 2017, 9:56 PM by Jody Harlan

YUKON, Oklahoma – Kendra Horn, executive director of Sally’s List and Women Lead Oklahoma, will speak to the Canadian County Democrats on June 12.
The public is invited to attend the Democrats’ meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. at the Yukon Police Department, 100 S. Ranchwood Boulevard.
Seating is available on a first come, first served basis. There is no charge to attend.
Horn was previously rescheduled to speak to the Canadian County Democrats  on this date following an unavoidable conflict.
A native of Chickasha, Horn’s career has taken her from Washington, DC to Colorado and California before she returned to her home state of Oklahoma.

“Today, Kendra is deeply committed to supporting women, creating conscious leaders, and working toward a reality where everyone’s voice matters,” Canadian County Democrats’ Vice Chair Dennis Purifoy said.

Through Sally’s List she leads a concerted effort to get more women to run for and serve in elected office. Her work with Women Lead Oklahoma focuses on women’s empowerment, leadership, and civic engagement.

Horn’s previous experience includes managing Joe Dorman’s 2014 gubernatorial race, serving as Rep. Brad Carson’ s press secretary, leading government affairs and communications efforts for the Space Foundation, strategic consulting, and law.

She earned her bachelor’s of arts in Political Science at the University of Tulsa, and Juris Doctor at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

Horn currently serves on the advisory board for the Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Women, the Board of Let’s Fix This and is a proud member of Leadership Oklahoma Class 30. She encourages the next generation of leaders by working with the NEW Leadership program, Girl’s State, Girl Scouts, and the Oklahoma Intercollegiate Legislature.

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 Boulevard. For more information about Canadian County Democrats' activities, phone 405-326-3600. 

Results of Canadian County Dems issue poll at Burger Day

posted May 14, 2017, 8:38 PM by Jody Harlan

Canadian County Democrats show off their new brochures at Burger Day in El Reno. The Democrats polled Burger Day visitors on their top concerns.

MUSTANG, Okla. – Thirty percent of Burger Day participants were most concerned about public education on May 6, according to an unofficial bean poll conducted the Canadian County Democrats at their booth on Woodson Street in Mustang.

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

Children also enjoyed a free bean bag game sponsored by the Democrats.

“The bean poll is a fun way for people to prioritize their top concerns,” Canadian County Democrats Vice Chair Dennis Purifoy said. “We had lines of people in front of our booth all day long. Burger Day was definitely one of our most successful events all year long.”

Democratic volunteers reported the second most popular issue in the bean poll was veterans services at 18 percent with healthcare coming in third at 17 percent.

Other topics of interest included Medicare at 7 percent, equal pay/minimum wage increase at 5 percent, roads and bridges at 5 %, social programs at 3 percent, wind and solar energy at 3 percent, birth control at 2.5 percent, earthquakes at 2 percent and local government at 2 percent.

The Canadian County Democrats meet at 7 p.m. on the second Monday of each month, except December, at the Yukon Police Department, 100 S. Ranchwood Boulevard.  For more information, phone 405- 326-3600 or visit http://www.canadiancodems.org/ .

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Sally’s List/Women Lead Oklahoma director to speak April 10 to Canadian County Democrats

posted Apr 5, 2017, 11:13 PM by Jody Harlan   [ updated Jun 5, 2017, 12:00 AM ]

YUKON, Oklahoma – Kendra Horn, executive director of Sally’s List and Women Lead Oklahoma, will speak to the Canadian County Democrats on April 10. The public is invited to attend the Democrats’ meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. at the Yukon Police Department, 100 S. Ranchwood Boulevard.

Seating is available on a first come, first served basis. There is no charge to attend.

A native of Chickasha, Horn’s career has taken her from Washington, DC to Colorado and California before she returned to her home state of Oklahoma.

“Today, Kendra is deeply committed to supporting women, creating conscious leaders, and working toward a reality where everyone’s voice matters,” Canadian County Democrats’ Vice Chair Dennis Purifoy said.

Through Sally’s List she leads a concerted effort to get more women to run for and serve in elected office. Her work with Women Lead Oklahoma focuses on women’s empowerment, leadership, and civic engagement.

Horn’s previous experience includes managing Joe Dorman’s 2014 gubernatorial race, serving as Rep. Brad Carson’ s press secretary, leading government affairs and communications efforts for the Space Foundation, strategic consulting, and law.

She earned her bachelor’s of arts in Political Science at the University of Tulsa and Juris Doctor at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

Horn currently serves on the advisory board for the Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Women, the Board of Let’s Fix This and is a proud member of Leadership Oklahoma Class 30. She encourages the next generation of leaders by working with the NEW Leadership program, Girl’s State, Girl Scouts, and the Oklahoma Intercollegiate Legislature.

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 Boulevard. For more information about Canadian County Democrats' activities, phone 405-326-3600.

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Canadian County Democrats elect county officers, district and state delegates

posted Apr 1, 2017, 9:53 PM by Jody Harlan

CANADIAN COUNTY, Okla. – On March 30, the Canadian County Democrats elected three county-level officers and twelve delegates, all of whom will represent the county at upcoming congressional district and state conventions. 

Secretary Shirley Burton was elected to her fourth term in that leadership position.
Dennis Purifoy was elected to his first term as vice chair. Jody Harlan was re-elected to an eighth term as chair. All the officers are from Yukon.

Delegates were elected for two Congressional Districts located in Canadian County. Mustang is located in the southeast corner of Canadian County in Congressional District 4, while the rest of the county is in District 3.

Ten delegates were elected to represent the Canadian County Democrats at the Democratic Party’s Third Congressional District meeting on April 22: Kaylynn Cargill, O.A. Cargill, Paul Compton, Trey Gourley, Collier Hammons, Laurie Hammons, Karalee Hathaway, Annie Menz, Tim O’Connor and Linda Patton.

The delegates elected as alternates to the third Congressional district meeting are: Joel Baker, Chantelle Cory, Maria Erbar, Fenton Ramey, Dee Ross, Denise Wall and Quincie Whittington.

Gourley is from El Reno. Menz and Wall are from Union City. The remaining delegates are Yukon residents.

The Third Congressional District convention will be held on April 22 at Canadian Valley Technology Center at 6505 E. Highway 66 in El Reno. Committees meet at 8 a.m. The convention begins at 10 a.m.

Mary Rangel-Mattox was elected to serve at the Democratic Party’s Fourth Congressional District meeting. Shirley Robertson was elected as alternate delegate. Both women are from Mustang. The Canadian County Democrats are seeking one male delegate to fill a vacancy.

The Fourth Congressional District convention will meet on April 22 at 1725 N. Commerce in Ardmore. Registration is at 9 a.m.. The convention opens at 10 a.m.

The three officers and 12 delegates will represent the Canadian County Democrats at the Oklahoma Democratic Party’s 2017 State Convention on May 20 at the Tower Hotel, 3233 NW Expressway in Oklahoma City.

The Canadian County Convention delegates approved four resolutions, which were forwarded for consideration at the district and state levels.

The Canadian County Democrats meet at 7 p.m. on the second Monday of each month (except Dec.) at the Yukon Police Department, 100 S. Ranchwood Boulevard. Kendra Horn from Sally’s List will be the speaker at the next meeting on Monday, April 10.

Fore more information, call 405-354-3189 or email hwinc@cox.net.

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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   [ updated Jun 5, 2017, 12:01 AM ]

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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