Caption: Yukon resident Mark Hammons, who was elected Oklahoma Democratic Party chair on May 30, celebrated with his family (from left): Cole, Laurie, Mark and Collier Hammons.
[OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, May , 2015] - The 2015 Oklahoma Democratic Convention was held today at Oklahoma City Community College in southwest Oklahoma City and was attended by more than 500 Democrats from across the state. The election of new officers is always a highlight of the Democratic event. Outgoing Chair, Wallace Collins had chosen to not run for a third term, opening the door for a new Chair to lead the party.
A spirited race to replace Collins took place between Vice-chair, Dana Orwig of Oklahoma City and Attorney Mark Hammons of Yukon. In a vote of 306-216, Hammons was elected as the new Party Chairman.
Connie Johnson, former State Senator for District 48, was named the new Party Vice-chair despite a last minute challenge from Tulsa Democrat, Laurie Phillips; the vote was 322-198.
Donna Russell of Moore and David Ratcliff of Owasso, were re-elected by acclimation to the offices of Treasurer and Secretary respectively; neither candidate ran opposed.
The following individuals were also selected individually to serve on the State Central Committee as Affirmative Action members: Earl Mitchell of Stillwater, Victor Gorin of Oklahoma City, Teresa Hill of Oklahoma City, and Giovanni Perry also of Oklahoma City.
A resolution to consider opening the Democratic Primary to Independent voters was tabled for consideration and debate until a later date.
Collins extended his congratulations to the new Chair, Mark Hammons, and wished him and the new officers well. Collins said he hopes the new officers will continue the work of the last four years and build on the strong foundation that has been laid. He also congratulated Dana Orwig for a race well run, and thanked her for her four years of dedication and service to the Oklahoma Democratic Party as Vice-chair.
About the Oklahoma Democratic Party
The mission of the Oklahoma Democratic Party is to represent the working people of Oklahoma and the best way to do that is to elect Democrats to all areas of government. Oklahoma Democrats are progressive and sensible. We are optimistic about the future, and we are determined to see Oklahoma's traditional values upheld. More information about the Oklahoma Democratic Party can be found at www.okdemocrats.org or by calling (405) 427-3366.
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