A Democratic State Chair Candidate Forum was held Saturday at the Donald W Reynolds Library in Durant.
On May 20th, the State Democratic Party Convention will be held.
Many are saying “The future of Oklahoma’s Democratic party will be largely determined by its leadership.”
Local Democrats were able to meet potential Democratic Party leaders and tell their delegates who they want to lead the party.
The forum was hosted jointly by the Bryan County Federation of Democratic Women and the 2nd Oklahoma Democratic Party Congressional District.
According to officials, Durant is a great area for the Democratic Party.
Ronda DeCaire is President of the Bryan County Federation of Democratic Women and coordinated the event.
DeCaire said, “All four candidates were there or represented. We were able to get focused answers on the issues and not generalizations that we had been hearing from the other forums across the state. I think they gave more detailed answers to our questions than they did at any other venue.”
The State Chair’s main duty is to get Democrats elected to office.
They are also the party’s main spokesman and fundraiser. The Chair is also a liaison between public officials and the party.
There were originally five candidates hoping to be elected to the State Chair position, but one dropped out.
Bryan County is fast becoming a “hotbed” of Democratic activity, according to officials.
DeCaire said, “The candidates complimented the Democrat’s activism and community service they see coming from Congressional District 2 and Bryan County in particular. It made us feel recognized for our hard work her in Southeastern Oklahoma.”
Officials were very pleased with those who came to the forum, and their participation.
DeCaire said, “All of the Oklahoma City people who came in, and from Tulsa, they were very pleased with our library facilities we had to offer here in Bryan County. That made me feel proud.”
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