New Leadership, New Beginnings

The new Democratic National Party’s chair will bear a great responsibility in rebuilding a broken Party that suffered massive defeats statewide and nationally. The aftermath of the presidential loss gave way to creating various factions vying for power. It will require a dedicated strategist to bridge the widening gap between various in party factions and formulate a united message that resonates among all in moving forward.

Currently, five candidates have declared a run for the race: Sally Boynton Brown (Executive Director – Idaho Democratic Party and President of the Association of Democratic Executive Directors), Keith Ellison (5th District Congressman, Minnesota), Jamie Harrison (Chair, South Carolina Democratic Party), Ray Buckley (Chair, New Hampshire Democratic Party) and Tom Perez (Secretary of Labor). The position is vital to engendering a progressive agenda nationwide and requires experience and grit in solving complex issues to fruition.

The voter dissatisfaction with the party is at an all-time high among various groups including the millennials and the growing age gap between current party leadership. The growing number of millennials feel at odd with the current party leadership and their outdated ideas and policies. Couple this with low voter turnout among minorities, rural residents, and the middle class, who ‘shifted their allegiance’ from Obama in 2012 to trump in 20162, the party has its work cut out. The base majority of these middle-class communities are spread over the Northeast and the Midwest, where job security is tied to economic prosperity and politics. Additionally, democrats also suffered huge defeats among manufacturing and lower income communities. This is a growing feeling of disconnect from the party.

The resonating theme voiced among these various groups highlighted the lack of a unified message and the inability of party leadership to effectively communicate their message across communities. A new era of leaders needs to be ushered in following the aftermath of a Clinton defeat and an aging lineup of current democratic leadership. The new leadership will be a representative of the changing demographics of the United States and will need to work towards engendering an entirely new generation of political activists that are energized to bring change.

The potential for this type of a movement within the party is possible with the large young voting block, the need for economic stability among groups, and an emergence of a new brand of leaders, who have the foresight and dedication in leading the next generation of democrats.

Aisha Shah
Deputy Outreach Director
Oklahoma Democratic Party

Special Election for HD 28 set for 2017

Special primary and general elections have been set for the vacant House District 28 seat left open by Republican Representative Tom Newell. Newell announced on December 2, that he would be resigning from his seat as of December 31, 2016.

Filing period is January 9-11, 2017

Elections:
Primary March 7, 2017
General May 9, 2017*

*If a primary election is not necessary, the general election will take place March 7, 2017.

If you would like to vote in this special election, be sure to that your voter registration is updated. House District 28 includes Seminole and northern Pottawatomie Counties. Voter Registration Form

You can also Vote By Mail by signing up for an Absentee Ballot.

 

 

Fallin to Call for Special Election

House District 28 State Rep. Tom Newell Resigns, Prompting a Special Election

Representative Newell announced that he is resigning from his seat, only three weeks into winning his 2016 race. Newell delivered his resignation letter to Governor Fallin with an effective date of December 31, 2016. Fallin will call a special election for House District 28 within 30 days.

Representative Newell released the following statement:

“It has been an honor and a privilege to serve the people of House District 28,” said Newell, R-Seminole. “I will be pursuing an opportunity in the private sector that will allow me to spend more time with my family, while allowing me to serve families nationwide.

“I appreciate the trust people in District 28 placed in me. I’m thankful for the friendships I’ve made with all of my colleagues in the Legislature. I know the state is capable hands with the new House members and Speaker-elect Charles McCall.”

The Oklahoma Democratic Party will announce details shortly for candidates interested in running for House District 28.

City Council and School Board Elections

City Council and School Board Elections

Filing dates for local city council and school board positions are fast approaching. If you are interested in serving your community, we encourage you to consider becoming a candidate and serving Oklahoma, your county and city.

This is a great opportunity for Democrats concerned about local and school issues to get involved and stand up for principles that are important to our children’s future and social justices.

The following Oklahoma City (City Council) and Oklahoma County (School Board) information, serves as an example on how you should file as a candidate in your respective city or county. Example: if you would like to file for candidacy on the Norman City Council, you would file with the Cleveland County Election Board or if you would like to run as a candidate for the Guthrie School Board, you should file with the Logan County Election Board. Please contact your respective County Election Boards for filing details.

City Council

Filing Dates/Election

Dec. 5-7, 2016 for the Oklahoma City Council election in 2017 for Wards 1, 3, 4, and 7.

Primary Election – Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017

Oklahoma County Election Board
4201 N Lincoln Blvd.
Oklahoma City, OK  73105-5210
(405) 713-1515

www.okc.gov/departments/city-clerk/elections

 

Filing Procedures:

To file as a candidate, submit a written declaration of candidacy to the Oklahoma County Election Board with your name (as you want it to appear on the ballot), address, Ward and the name of the office for which you are running.

Candidates must pay a $200 filing fee by cashier’s check or certified check, or provide a petition in support of the candidacy signed by 500 registered voters eligible to vote for the candidate. The petition is available from the Oklahoma County Election Board.

The check is returned if the candidate is unopposed, receives more than 15 percent of the votes in the primary election or advances to the general election.

Qualifying candidates must be: 

  • a U.S. citizen;
  • at least 21 years old;
  • a qualified Oklahoma City voter;
  • a resident of Oklahoma City or an area that has been annexed by Oklahoma City for at least three years before the election date;
  • a resident of the Ward in which they are running for at least six months;
  • and a registered voter at an address within the Ward in which they’re running for at least six months before filing a declaration of candidacy.

Pay:

$12,000 per year

Elections:

Elections are non-partisan and with no term limits.

 

School Board

Filing Period:

Monday 8:00 AM, December 5, 2016 through
Wednesday 5:00 PM, December 7, 2016

File at the County Election Board of the county wherein supervision of the school district is located or the County Election Board in the county in which the candidate resides.

OSSBA School Board Candidacy Information

OSSBA School Board Election Packet

OSSBA Candidate Brochure Information

Election Dates:

Annual School Election – Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Annual School Runoff Election – Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Candidate Filing Details:

Candidate Filing Packet

Board of Education candidates filing Declarations of Candidacy with the County Election Board Secretary also may be required to register and file campaign finance reports with the clerk of the Board of Education. A Statement of Organization for a candidate committee may be filed at any time but must be filed within 10 days after a candidate has accepted or spent more than $1,000 for his or her campaign. For more information, visit the Ethics Commission website at www.ethics.ok.gov; contact the Ethics Commission by email at ethics@ethics.ok.gov; by regular mail at State Capitol Building Room B – 5, Oklahoma City, OK 73105; or by phone at (405) 521-3451.

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The Oklahoma Democratic Party is energized and looking forward to helping community leaders and candidates usher in changes for our children and Oklahomans around our great State.

Cleveland County Blurring Election Procedure Ethical Lines

Noble- October 17th For immediate release:When a state candidate’s name appears on an official ballot twice it should raise questions of fairness and equality in our election process. House District 20’s current Republican incumbent, Bobby Cleveland, is on Oklahoma’s official ballot TWICE this November, and this apparently isn’t the first time he’s attempted an ethically questionable election ploy. According to a 2012 press release by the Oklahoma Democratic Party, “Republican candidate Bobby Cleveland needs to tell the voters what he pled to in order to receive a deferred prosecution, when he was caught voting twice in the same election, which is a felony under Oklahoma law. In order to receive a deferred sentence like he did, he would have had to submit a plea to the court.” Source: http://okdemocrats.org/did-candidate-commit-voter-fraud/

Now Cleveland is blurring the election procedure’s ethical lines once again, his name appears as an elector for Donald Trump, and again as a candidate for Oklahoma’s State House of Representatives in District 20. Appearing twice on an official state ballot is an undue influence on voters, and a violation of the public trust. It is a deliberate act of confusion and persuasion perpetuated on Oklahoma voters who may not understand the complexities of our election laws. When voters aren’t clear whether they are voting for someone based on their capacity as an elector, or being misled into believing that a state candidate has an endorsement by a Presidential Nominee where none actually exists, it creates an environment of mistrust between our state election process and the people of Oklahoma

Unfortunately, Oklahoma law seems to permit this type of underhanded political maneuvering, but only for State Officials. “The electors for President and Vice President, hereinafter referred to as Presidential Electors, shall be registered voters of Oklahoma; provided, however, that no United States Senator or United States Representative or person holding an office of trust or profit under the United States shall be a Presidential Elector.” 26 O.S. Sec. 10-104.

This law shows that not only do our legislators know this practice is an undue influence on voters and a violation of our state’s duty to hold a fair and impartial election process, but that they are deliberately refusing to hold themselves to the same standards as United States Legislators.

This is the kind of voter exploitation that our state election board has a duty to prevent by keeping our election process impartial, fair, and free from corruption; however, after calling the state election board our office was told that this ethically questionable practice is historically consistent with previous elections.

Political party advantage on the ballot being excused because of historical consistency should never be the official position of the state agency charged with our last line of defense against political corruption. It is time to use our voices and our votes to send a clear message that this type of questionable conduct in our system will not be tolerated. We are urging concerned voters to call the election board and ask for a fair and impartial election process this November by asking them to remove elector’s names from the ballot.

The election board can be reached at:

Address: Oklahoma State Capitol, 2300 N Lincoln Blvd, Oklahoma City, OK 73105

Phone:(405) 521-2391 Hours: 8AM–5PM

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