I have been involved for 20 years in the Oklahoma Republican Party because I wanted to be sure our Party remained solidly pro-life and pro-family. In the late 1980’s, I volunteered on several campaigns making phone calls and knocking doors. When my choice for governor lost, I asked “what do I do now?” That is when I learned how to get involved in the Oklahoma Republican Party.
Today you have the opportunity to make a difference in the Oklahoma Republican Party. County Conventions are being held across the state with delegates to the Oklahoma Republican State convention being elected. Some of these delegates have been to more conventions than they can count on their fingers and toes… some will be attending their first convention. So what should you expect?
First, you should attend your county convention (see www.okgop.com for the date/time/location). If your county has already held their convention, contact your County Chair and ask to be added as a delegate to the State Convention. Most County Chairs would be thrilled to have you contact them.
Plan to attend the Oklahoma Republican State Convention on Saturday, April 18th. If you are a delegate, you will need to register prior to the convention starting.
The morning of the convention will be filled with elected officials speaking to the attendees. For the first time in our State’s history, the Oklahoma Speaker of the House and the Oklahoma Senate President Pro Tempore are Republicans! It is a great opportunity to learn more about your elected officials, but it is also to give time to the Credentials Committee to finish their work.
As soon as the Credentials Report can be completed, the business of the convention should begin. Once the Credentials Report is verified and approved by the convention delegates, delegates will review and vote on the Rules of the Convention. You may feel overwhelmed with some of these technicalities, but they are important to the convention process.
The primary business of the State Convention will be the election of our State Chair. I am a candidate for State Chair and will write another blogspot about that.
After the election of the Party Chair, the Vice Chair will be elected (must be opposite gender from the chair). The leadership team for the 2010 elections will be decided in these 2 votes.
Finally, the Platform of the Oklahoma Republican Party will be voted on, which began at the Precinct level. The delegates who serve on the Platform Committee are grassroots activists from across the state.
I encourage you to get involved in your Republican Party. You can make a difference through your involvement. I hope to see you at the State Convention!
Vice Chair – Oklahoma Republican Party
Candidate for Chair – Oklahoma Republican Party