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Canadian County Dems poll Czech Fest visitors on top issues

posted Oct 10, 2014, 7:48 PM by Jody Harlan   [ updated Oct 10, 2014, 8:25 PM ]

Cutline: Canadian County Democrats volunteers show off the bean counter they used to poll Czech Fest visitors on top issues:  (from left) Tim Wagner, Sarah Baker, candidate for House District 43 in Yukon, Emma Baker, Susan Mills, Annie Menz, Shirley Burton, Dennis Purifoy and Charles Sanchez. Canadian County Dems poll Czech Fest visitors on top issues

YUKON, Okla. – The top issue for 31percent of Czech Festival visitors was funding for storm shelters in public schools, according to an unofficial issue poll taken by the Canadian County Democrats on October 4 at their booth on 4th Street in Yukon.

Hundreds of visitors stopped by to drop pinto beans into 11 slots separated by Plexiglas. 

“People like to be asked for their opinions,” Canadian County Democrats Chair Jody Harlan said. “Our booth was packed with people all day who seemed to really have a great time.”

Harlan said lots of children voted while their parents’ cell phones recorded the moment.

The second most popular issue was funding for public education at 14 percent, followed by veterans benefits at 13 percent and health care at 9 percent.

Other issues included more jobs and minimum wage increase, tying at 8 percent; Medicare at six percent; earthquakes, roads and bridges, and birth control, tying at five percent: and finally wind and solar at four percent.

Last year, the Canadian County Democrats borrowed a bean counter from the Pottawattamie County Democratic Party for a trial run at the Czech Festival. The borrowed device was such a hit that Tim Wagner from Yukon made a wood and Plexiglass bean counter for Canadian County.

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.  All Democrats are welcome.  For more information, phone 405- 354-3189 or visit