Thursday, September 3, 2015

OKGOP Chair: who votes, and who is running

With OKGOP Chairman Randy Brogdon resigning, we now face an impending special election for state chair. According to the party rules, the State Committee fills the vacant office.

Rule 10(i):
Vacancies of State Chairman and Vice Chairman: If the State Chairman shall die, move from the state, resign, or otherwise become disqualified, then the Vice Chairman shall serve as Chairman until such vacancy shall be filled by the State Committee at a special meeting held within sixty (60) days for such purpose pursuant to written or electronic notice sent to all members of said committee stating such purpose 30 days prior to said meeting. Any person elected to fill such vacancy shall serve the remainder of the unexpired term. If the Vice Chairman shall die, move from the state, resign, or otherwise become disqualified, then the vacancy shall be filled by the State Committee as described for filling the office of Chairman. 

The State Committee is comprised of the following, from Rule 10(a):
Composition and Election: There shall be a State Committee of Oklahoma which shall be composed of two (2) members (one man and one woman) from each county of the State elected at a regular biennial County Convention, the State Chairman, the State Vice Chairman, the Chairman of the Oklahoma Federation of Young Republicans, the Chairman of the Oklahoma Federation of College Republicans, the Chairman of the Oklahoma Federation of Teen-Age Republicans, the president of the Oklahoma Federation of Republican Women, the chairman of the Oklahoma Minority Republican Coalition, the National Committeeman and Committeewoman of Oklahoma, the Republican members of the Oklahoma Legislature, all Republican officials who are elected statewide, all Republican members of the U.S. Congress from Oklahoma, the immediate past State Chairman, and the Chairman and Vice Chairman of each Congressional District in the state. The County Chairman and Vice Chairman of each county are also members.

All told, that's approximately 458 members (112 GOP legislators, 11 statewide elected officials, 7 members of Congress, 5 GOP auxiliary heads, 5 state GOP officials, 10 congressional district GOP officials, and up to 308 county GOP officials). A quorum for the State Committee is 100 members present in person or by proxy [Rule 19(b)].

Currently, three names are being mentioned as candidates to replace Brogdon.


Estela Hernandez - current OKGOP Vice Chair. She has told reporters that she intends to run for chair.


Pam Pollard - a past OKGOP Vice Chair, current OFRW President and longtime activist. She is rumored to be considering running.


Robert Hubbard - 3rd District Chair, past Canadian County chair. Sources say He also intends to run.

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