Oklahoma Division Candidates
DISCLAIMER: This posting should not be taken as an endorsement by the staff here at the SCV OK blog, or as an official endorsement of the SCV. This article concerns only an announcement from the Newsletter, of candidacy announcements for various posts in the Division.
As previously mentioned, current Oklahoma Division Commander Ken Cook has announced in the Oklahoma Division Newsletter, that he will be running again this year for the office of Oklahoma Division Commander. Sadly, Lt. Commander Rex Cash will not be seeking re-election. Commander Cook also mentioned the others who have announced their formal candidacy. For Division Commander; Mason Page and Brandon Thompson, for Division Lt. Commander; Kevin Easterling and for Brigade Commander; Jerry Patrick. Here is the announcement, as written in the Newsletter:
2018 Division Officer Elections
Commander Ken Cook hereby announces his candicacy [candidacy] for re-election to the office of Division Commander. Lt. Commander Rex Cash has advised Commander Cook that he will not seek re-election to his office.
Compatriot Mason Page of Camp Col. Dew Moore Wisdom of Muskogee and Compatriot Brandon Thompson of Camp Pvt. William Price of Ringling have made it known they intend to stand for election as Division Commander. Compatriot Kevin Easterling has likewise made it known that he intends to stand for election as Division Lt. Commander.
Ft. Washita Brigade Commander, Jerry Patrick, has advised Commander Cook that he intends to stand for election for a full term as Brigade Commander. No one has made any announcements for the other Brigade offices.
On December 5th, I sent an email to Oklahoma Division Commander Ken Cook, seeking a statement or a writeup of some sort from him on his candidacy or lack thereof. He never responded, though I confirmed that both of the email addresses I sent to were correct… I reached out to him again this morning, but have yet to hear from him.
UPDATE: I have heard from Mr. Cook, and will be posting his announcement after 5:30 PM today.
I also reached out to Jerry Patrick via email on December 20th, to see if he wished to provide an official photo and a statement for the readership of this blog. He did not respond at all, so like with Ken, I sent a follow up email this morning. He responded only with a single word. “No.”. I don’t know if that refers to refusal to comment, or to not running for brigade commander.
I feel that it is very important for the readers here in Oklahoma and for all Division Members to know who it is that they are voting for, rather than just randomly checking boxes, or selecting only who they are familiar with when they receive their ballots. Therefore, I would like to thank Mason Page, Brandon Thompson, and Kevin Easterling for taking the time and having the consideration to respond. It is always wonderful to see candidates for positions of authority over our division deem their constituents worthy of responding to.
Now for the fun part;
Facebook followers – Please either respond to this post or Message us on our Facebook page with questions that you would like to ask the candidates who think our readers are worth talking to. Where they stand on positions that are important to you, or how they intend to address certain issues important to you.
Twitter followers – Please either respond to this tweet or send @SCVOK a Direct Message with questions that you would like to ask the candidates who think our readers are worth talking to. Where they stand on positions that are important to you, or how they intend to address certain issues important to you.
Once we have all of your questions, we’ll put them all together on a form and email all of the participating candidates. Once we hear back from participating candidates, we’ll post here so that you can make an informed decision on your voting form, as to who you want to lead us into the next year.
Current Oklahoma Division Officers:
Commander: Ken Cook
Lt. Commander: Rex Cash
Judge Advocate: Bryce Hill
Chief of Heritage Operations: Bryce Hill
Adjutant: Jim Orebaugh
Chaplain: Frank Gilbert
Quartermaster: Jerry Patrick
Color Sergeant: Steve Strickland
Historian: Bently Couch
Remember, that Commander and Lt. Commander are elected. Most other positions are appointed by the individual who wins the bid for Commander of the Division.