EDW will meet at 6:30 at the Edmond Community Center 28 West Main and hear Tamya Cox-Touré, the executive director of the ACLU, speaking about women’s reproductive rights and Greg Clyde, our member who ran for HD83 and is a pharmacist and only lost by 652 votes give his reflection about the election and what we can do better, what we did good and how important the Get Out The Vote is.
Tamya Cox-Touré grew up in both Des Moines, IA and Tulsa, OK. She graduated from Oklahoma State University with a B.A. in journalism and a minor in French. Cox-Touré then went on to graduate from Oklahoma City University School of Law. After being admitted to the bar, Cox-Touré worked for the American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma as the first legislative counsel. Cox-Touré worked for Planned Parenthood Great Plains as the Regional Director of Public Policy and Organizing. Cox-Touré has returned to the ACLU of Oklahoma and is currently the Executive Director.
Committed to civil rights and civil liberties, Cox has traveled across the state and country speaking to communities regarding issues that directly impact their lives. She continues to live through her favorite Alice Walker quote, “Activism is my rent to live on this planet.” She has served on numerous panels and presented on a variety of topics focusing mainly on race equity.
Tamya Cox-Touré's awards include AC Hamlin Award by the Oklahoma Legislative Black Caucus; John Green Community Service Award by the Association of Black Lawyers; Faith and Freedom Award for the Oklahoma Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice; Torch Award from Freedom Oklahoma; and Ada Louis Sipuel Fisher Award from Oklahoma Bar Association Diversity Committee.
Greg Clyde wrote on Facebook “In a district that was easily a 15 point win for my opponent, who had well over $100,000 in dark money against me, we stood strong and kept this race within a few points. I’m proud we stuck to the issues that affect our community. For the over 1000 republicans that crossed party lines to vote for me, thank you for putting our kids, common sense, and decency above partisan politics.
To pharmacist who stood by my side, thank you! We’ve got work to do. In near future, I’ll announce the next step to get us organized in an new and improved way that moves our profession forward.
It’s been an honor to stand up for decency and common sense in our community. Our work is not done. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!
-- TEXT OF ALLISON LAWRENCE’S INSTAGRAM (Kendra Horn’s Campaign Chair )
Hey—it’s gonna be ok. 2022 was a wild, terrifying, vindicating ride. Here’s my POV 7 days later…
Statewide races are flashy, expensive, and fun—but they’ll break your heart. They give you a chance to talk about big ideas—like who do we want to be? But they’re also like trying to put a roof on a house with no walls. We need the roof, but it just won’t stay there. Statewide races are the incubators of the next generation of campaign staff: idealistic, young, scrappy. As a first time Campaign Manager I did things I never thought possible, for a candidate who deserved it with a team who earned it. It just wasn’t time yet for the roof.
Second, everything else:
Our flexible, creative, hardworking mighty team of 3 (@krainssaucedo & @sanah_gram) was part of things so much bigger than ourselves. We helped elect the first woman DA in Oklahoma County and in the process retired a truly dangerous politician. We helped win the only seat flip of the cycle, adding a net-gain to the House Dems in 20 years. Combined, we advised, lead, or directly raised almost $3.8M for democratic campaigns in Oklahoma in 16 months.
Did we do it alone? Hell no. While we worked tirelessly at our craft, the donors, voters, and candidates deserve all the credit. They have a vision of who we as Oklahomans should be and we’re grateful to play a small part in what happened last Tuesday.
Am I tired? Yes. Am I done? Never.
Allison Lawrence and Kendra Horn Election night 11-8-22