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Veterans Committee Chair O’Bannon to Speak Nov 08 to Canadian County Democrats

posted Oct 26, 2011, 9:45 PM by Jody Harlan   [ updated Oct 29, 2015, 9:36 PM ]

 EL RENO, Okla. – Oklahoma Democratic Party Veterans Committee President Isaac O'Bannon from Norman will speak to the Canadian County Democrats on Tues., Nov. 08.

Seating is available on a first come, first served basis for the free event, which starts at 7 p.m. at Canadian Valley Technology Center, located at 6506 E. Highway 66 between Yukon and El Reno.

“Isaac O’Bannon delivered an outstanding patriotic speech on Labor Day in Cleveland County," Canadian County Democratic Party Vice Chair Rodney Boegel said. “He does a great job for the Democratic Party veterans and the state party, and we’re proud to have Isaac here in Canadian County to bring us up to date on veteran’s programs and issues.”

According to an Oklahoma Democratic Party Veterans Committee publication, the group “promotes and  elects Democratic candidates who support veterans and active military personnel by ensuring that health care, training, education and other benefits are available to honor sacrifices made by veterans in service to their country.”

O’Bannon is a member of the state Democratic Party’s central committee.

He was a non-commissioned Petty Officer 3rd Class in the U.S. NAVY from 1990 to 1995 and served as a Seabee construction equipment operator. During that time, he was deployed to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and Okinawa, Japan and served in stateside support roles during the initial Gulf War and the conflicts in Somalia and Croatia.
After completing his enlistment and receiving an honorable discharge, O'Bannon re-entered the University of Oklahoma, earning a bachelors of arts degree in journalism and public relations with a minor in history.

He pursued graduate studies before joining technology-focused public relations firms in California, Denver and Tulsa.

Since 2002, he has been the technology editor for a national trade publication focused on accounting.

O'Bannon was born in Porterville, Calif. and moved with his family to Norman at age 12. He attended Norman schools, graduating from Norman High School in 1988.

The Canadian County Democrats regularly meet at 7 p.m. on the second Tues. of each month, except December, at Canadian Valley Technology Center.

Rather than a December meeting, the Democrats will celebrate with a Holiday Tailgate Party starting at 6 p.m. on Sat., Dec. 3, which is the date of the OU vs. OSU Bedlam Game. In addition to a large screen TV, the Yukon Event Center at 949 S. Cornwell will accommodate a covered dish dinner, Bean Supper Band performance, a silent auction and cash bar. Guests are encouraged to wear team colors and contribute a $10-$15 donation at the door. For more information, call 354-3189.