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The Guild for Congress Campaign Continues to Make Strides in Its Aggressive, Grassroots Campaign
The Guild for Congress Campaign continues to make strides in its aggressive, grassroots campaign in the area of campaign finance, voter contact, and endorsements.
The campaign has raised approximately $62,000 to date. The vast majority of the donations have come from grassroots, middle class donors, who donate from $5-$100. The Guild Campaign is a modest, respectable middle class campaign, not dependent on wealthy donors, or on political action committee donations. It is a sharp contrast with the million dollar campaign of the fifth district incumbent and his large cache of PAC money and high dollar contributions.
“We have visited 9,000+ households to leave our literature, have made 2,500+ phone calls, have put up 700+ yard signs, and have erected three billboards on supporters’ property. We have 75 volunteers and a dedicated core of 30 volunteers who canvass or call for our campaign weekly,” states Guild.
Guild continues, “We have been endorsed by the Brennan Society, Change Oklahoma, the Oklahoma State American Federation of Teachers, the Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Freedom, the American Federation of Government Employees, the Oklahoma AFL-CIO, and hundreds of individuals in the fifth congressional district.”
“We are proud that we are running a middle class, grassroots financed and powered campaign for Congress. If we are going to take back our government and break the gridlock and dysfunctional congressional paralysis, we are going to have to do it from the grassroots level and not from the top down, as has been the recent common practice, leading to unsatisfactory results for our people,” concluded Tom Guild.
Tom Guild is the Democratic Nominee for the Fifth Congressional District of Oklahoma.
Lynn “Buddy” Hall 11/17/28 – 8/21/2012 A celebration of the life of Lynn “Buddy” Hall will be conducted at the United Methodist Church of Elk City on August 21, 2012 at 10:30 A.M. with Reverend Terry Koehn, Reverend Joe Garkovich and Dr. Thomas Jewel.
Buddy Hall was born on November 17, 1928 southwest of Elk City to Winnie Mae and John W. Hall and passed away on August 17, 2012 at 83 years of age. Buddy left this earth suddenly and unexpectedly while doing what he loved, working on an outdoor project.
Buddy graduated Elk City High School in 1946 and was awarded a basketball scholarship to attend Southwestern Oklahoma State University. In 1948 he married Betty Katherine Duke and transferred to the University of Oklahoma where he graduated with a degree in Civil Engineering in 1951. By 1953, he was the youngest superintendent for Master Builder Robert E. McKee of El Paso, Texas, where he supervised construction projects, including a significant project for the United State Air Force at White Sands testing range in Alamogordo, New Mexico. He was the superintendent and job engineer for a high-speed sled test track used to propel the first manned vehicle that broke the sound barrier.
At the conclusion of the project, Buddy had numerous opportunities, but chose to bring his young family back to Elk City in 1958, to be closer to the Hall and Duke families. He then launched a general building construction career that spanned five decades and resulted in several significant projects in western Oklahoma including Elk City Jr. High School and Susan Powell Auditorium, The Clinton Tornado Dome and St. Matthews Catholic Church of Elk City.
Buddy was a quiet leader, and had lifelong passions that he gave to tirelessly and endlessly. His family, his church and his Democratic politics were the priorities of his life. He taught Sunday school at the First Christian Church for over 40 years, and also served as a deacon and elder. He was also a biblical scholar with a special passion for biblical geography loving to share his deep knowledge with others. He was a lifelong passionate leader in the Democratic party and was most proud of being appointed as Chairman of the State Board of Affairs of Oklahoma, overseeing the management of all state properties and construction projects.
Buddy was preceded in death by his parents, his infant brother, Clayton Hall and his sister Phyllis Hogue.
Survivors include his wife, Betty of Elk City, 3 children, Susan Storm and her husband Dan of Elk City, Andy Hall and his wife Kathy Oden-Hall of Oklahoma City and Joe D. Hall and his wife Vickie of Elk City. He was extremely proud of his seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Brandon Storm of Elk City and his three children, Rhiannon, Tempeste and Piper, Joe Storm and wife Jamie of San Antonio, Texas, Van Storm and wife Julie and their daughter, Dori, of Oklahoma City, Drew Hall of Lawrence, Kansas, Allie Hall of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and Grace and Hope Hall of Elk City. Buddy also embraced his two step-grandsons, Tuck and Avery Oden, of Oklahoma City.