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Guiding Principles!

In a few days, the Oklahoma Republican Party will decide whether to continue the same old practices that have divided our party… or if we will elect a team ready to unify our party and prepare for the 2010 elections.

Cheryl Williams and Don Smitherman are running for Chair and Vice Chair of the Party.   They believe it is vital  the Party has a Chair and Vice Chair who are fully committed to serving their full term, and focused on helping all Republican candidates. 

In 2006, the current Chair quit to run for State Auditor.  Many believe he will, once again, run for State Auditor in 2010 given the imprisonment of his opponent from the last 2 elections.  Cheryl has publicly stated that she has no aspirations for higher office and her only desire is to serve as Chair so that our party is organized, equipped, and ready to win in 2010.”    

 There is a saying that “if you fail to plan, you plan to fail”.   For any organization to succeed, you must have solid planning that will be implemented by your leadership team.   Throughout their careers, Cheryl and Don have utilized their planning, time management, and organizational skills to benefit their employers, clients and volunteer organizations.  And as your State Chair and Vice Chair, they will develop and implement a plan so that REPUBLICANS will WIN in 2010.    


If Oklahoma Republicans want a team that is fully committed to unifying our party, rebuilding our efforts, and engaging the voter… at the State Convention on April 18th … vote for Cheryl Williams as Chair and Don Smitherman as Vice Chair of the Oklahoma Republican Party.  


Together… we can WIN in 2010!


Don Smitherman announces GOP Vice-Chair candidacy


CONTACT:       Cheryl Williams

405/818-8481 or cherylgop@cox.net

Former congressional field representative and Norman attorney L. Don Smitherman has announced that he will seek the Vice-Chairman slot for the Oklahoma Republican Party at the Republican State Convention on Saturday, April 18, 2009.

Party rules require the Chair and Vice Chair to be of different gender.  Smitherman will team with current State Vice-Chair Cheryl Williams in her campaign for Oklahoma GOP Chairmanship.

 “I am honored to join with Cheryl to lead the Oklahoma Republican Party into the very important 2010 election cycle.  I believe, as Cheryl does, that to be successful, the Republican Party must be unified, organized, well-funded and welcoming,” Smitherman said. “We simply must focus on our core purpose of electing Republicans to office while embracing the “big tent” party philosophy of our founder, Abraham Lincoln.”

 Smitherman received his Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Finance from the University of Oklahoma in 1989 and his Juris Doctorate from the OU College of Law in 1992.  He served as field representative and staff counsel for Congressman J.C. Watts from 1995 to 1998.  He has been a practicing attorney since leaving Watts’ office in 1998.  Throughout his legal career, Don has also served as an Oklahoma Merit Protection Commissioner and as an adjunct professor at Rose State College.  Finally, he played both football and baseball for OU from 1985 – 1989. 

 “As a lifelong athlete, I know what it means to be a member of a team and know the importance of unity and focus to the success of that team,” Smitherman continued.  “I also know that members of a team don’t play the same positions, don’t look the same and often don’t agree with the play called in the huddle.  Yet, the truly successful teams put those differences to work for them and unify under a common goal.  I look forward to helping the Oklahoma Republican Party build the unity and focus that we must have to win in 2010,”

 “I am thrilled that Don has agreed to be a candidate for Vice Chairman.  He is a bright, young and energetic leader who brings much to the Oklahoma GOP table.  Don Smitherman truly epitomizes the future of the Republican Party and I am honored that he has joined our team,” Williams concluded. 


Today, America buried one of our WW II heroes… Mr. Wilbur Mason.   

I met Wilbur, and his wife Flo, many years ago through mulitple efforts for our children’s future.    My first recollection of this wonderful couple was during the battle to keep HB 1017 from becoming law.  As we worked together in many efforts, I learned that Flo and Wilbur were unseperable… he was always there to assist his wife in and out of the meeting places so that they could attend conventions, meetings, gatherings, and sociable events.    His love for his wife was evident in all he did, how he spoke to (and about) her, and the gentle way he escorted her with charm.  

What made Wilbur such a special man was not based on appearance, wealth or fame.    Wilbur Mason was a gentleman, through and through, a man who knew how to show kindness in his words and deeds.   

Today, I learned that this quiet, unassuming man, was a national treasure.   During WW II, Wilbur and his unit were on the front lines of many famous battles throughout Europe.    He had been there when Dachau was liberated, and must have witnessed the ultimate savageness of man toward his fellow man.    It was only recently that his Republican friends had learned of this remarkable and probably life changing event in Wilbur’s life.  

He was there when history was made, a radio man who was on duty and received the news that the war had ended.     I can see him now… running to others to share the good news!  

And sharing the Good News is what I will always remember about Wilbur.    He never hesitated to give a word of encouragement, a Biblical nudge, or a smile of kindness to others.   And through all of this he showed what it meant to serve His Lord.   

We will miss this great man.    My life has been made better because I had the privilege of knowing Wilbur Mason.  

Cheryl Williams

Vice Chair

Oklahoma Republican Party