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State Rep, Candidate for Democratic Party

posted Jan 30, 2011, 10:05 PM by Jody Harlan

EL RENO, Okla. – Wallace Collins, former state representative and current candidate for Democratic Party state chair, will be the featured speaker at the Canadian County Democrats’ meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 08.

The visit will be first to a county group since Collins announced his candidacy for the top party office.

His presentation begins at 7 p.m. at Canadian Valley Career Technology Center, located at 6505 E. Highway 66, between Yukon and El Reno.

“I’m looking forward to being back in Canadian County to speak about my experiences in the legislature and running campaigns,” Collins said. “Our party needs to connect with our party base, re-energize our natural constituents and allies, and I have a few ideas on how we could do that.”

Collins served the people in state House District 45 in Norman for eight years, from 1996 to 2000 and from 2006 to 2010. He was assistant majority whip during his first tenure and assistant minority floor leader during the second period.

He led the Cleveland County Democratic Party as chair from 2001 to 2005.

Collins and his wife Pat have family roots in Norman that go back more than 100 years. They are well known for their party-building and fund-raising successes in Cleveland County. They celebrated 50 years of marriage in Dec. 2010 and have six Democratic sons and six grandchildren.

“Putting the emphasis on the servant’ in ‘public servant’ is all that mattered to me --  not the title, not being in the paper, not hobnobbing with big shots–none of that,” Collins wrote in a message on his website.

“I got a lot of satisfaction knowing the reasons people called me or came to my door were that they knew: One, I’d make time for them. Two, I would do everything I could to help them. Three, I wouldn’t make them feel small. And four, I’d just treat them like good neighbors.”

For more information about Wallace Collins, visit www.wallacecollins.org/.
 
The Canadian County Democrats meet from 7-8:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month, except March and December, at Canadian Valley Technology Center, 6505 E. Highway 66 between Yukon and El Reno. For more information about the Canadian County Democrats, call 405-354-3189 or visit http://www.canadiancodems.org/.

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