Get your tickets at the office or online.
If you haven’t already voted, today is your last chance.
It’s cold, it’s wet and it’s raining. But if you’re not going to vote, you might as well just stay home and watch the election results on FOX News.
They’ve begged for your dollars, but now our candidates really need your votes — every last one of them. It’s not hard; Democrats are first on the ballot in every race.
We can’t go to people as a credible political party in the future without winning at least one office statewide this year. I will be personally disappointed if every one of our candidates doesn’t win Payne County.
If you don’t know where to go vote, you can find your polling place at the state election board. If you have a neighbor who needs a ride, carpooling is both environmentally responsible and a good way to get out the vote.
Hell, if you need a ride, send me e-mail and I’ll either find you a ride or come get you and drive you to your precinct polling place. The polls are open until 7 p.m.
Don’t wait until the last minute as life has a way of intervening in our plans.
A few programming notes:
First, Ted Smith, our candidate for Payne County assessor, is hosting a Watch Party tonight starting at 6:30 p.m. at Mexico Joe’s, 311 E. Hall of Fame in Stillwater. Soft drinks and appetizers will be provided.
We need people to help pick up election signs starting tomorrow. Once the election is over, our signs are litter no matter what the outcome. If you can help collect signs, let me know, or, if you have signs, bring them to our headquarters at 302 N. Main in Stillwater and we’ll take care of getting them properly disposed.
Cross your fingers and hope for the best.
Dennis Whiteman, Chair
Other Upcoming Events
- General Election, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., November 4 — VOTE at your Polling Place!
- Social, November 7, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
- 2014 Election Review and 2016 Preview, November 13, 7 p.m., doors open at 6:30 p.m. Trav Robertson, executive director of the Oklahoma Democratic Party, will offer a post-mortem on the 2014 elections and a look forward at what Payne County Democrats can do to prepare for 2016.
- Social, November 21, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Payne County Democrats will host Schools Matter! a bipartisan panel discussion on education at the Sheerar Auditorium located at 7th and Duncan in Stillwater on June 12 at 7 p.m.
With funding cuts, the repeal of common core, testing and many other issues, the legislature put a big target on public education in the 2014 session. There were diverse opinions on all those topics regardless of political party.
“We feel it’s important for everyone to have a reasoned discussion about the future of education in our state,” said Dennis Whiteman, chair of the Payne County Democrats. “People might disagree on the specifics of how we get there, but everyone wants to see kids have the ability to fully realize their potential.”
The event will include a panel that includes candidates, administrators, teachers, legislators, parents and a student. The audience will be able to submit questions to be discussed by the panel. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and refreshments will be served.
The panel will include:
Dr. Ann Caine has been superintendent at Stillwater Public Schools since 2008. Dr. Caine obtained her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from Kansas State University and her doctorate from OSU. She has been an educator for 35 years.
Rep. Dennis Casey (R-Morrison) was elected t the legislature in 2010. He is assistant Majority Whip of the Oklahoma State House of Representatives and serves as vice chair of the House committee on Common Education. A former educator with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from Northeastern State University, Rep. Casey is also a member of the Oklahoma Coaches Hall of Fame.
Dr. John Cox of Peggs is a Democratic candidate for Superintendent of Public Instruction. He has been a school superintendent for 20 years and an educator for nearly 30 years with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from Northeastern State University and doctorates in Educational Administration and Educational Specialist from OSU.
Dr. Jack Herron is a Democratic candidate for Superintendent of Public Instruction. Dr. Heron has been a college administrator, high school principal, coach, teacher and served as school superintendent for 18 years. His degrees include a bachelor’s in science education from OSU, a master’s in secondary school administration from OU and a Ph.D. in curriculum supervision and administration from OU.
Dr. Ivan Holmes is a Democratic candidate for Superintendent of Public Instruction. Dr. Holmes earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism education and a master’s degree in School Administration from OSU and later obtained a doctorate of education in journalism and school administration from Tulsa University. He has more than 40 years of classroom teaching experience.
Gina Noble is the parent of a senior at Stillwater High School, a Stillwater city councilor and an assistant professor at OSU. She recently wrote a letter to the editor of the Stillwater News Press urging the state to “stay the course” with Common Core.
Jake Waugh graduated from Stillwater High School at the end of May and will attend the University of Oklahoma this Fall. His high school years have been marked by the most difficult fiscal times for public education in Oklahoma so he brings a unique perspective to the panel.
Rep. Cory Williams (D-Stillwater) was elected to the legislature in 2008 and is a 1996 graduate of Stillwater High School. He has a son who attends Stillwater Public Schools. He also holds a law degree from Oklahoma City University and practices law in Stillwater.
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