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Republican Toni Hasenbeck Running for State Senate

Toni Hasenbeck, an Elgin Republican, will seek the Oklahoma State Senate District 31 seat in the 2016 Election. Current Senator Don Barrington is retiring due to term limits. The district covers parts of Comanche, Cotton, Jefferson, Stephens, and Tillman Counties.

Wife and Mom

Toni and her husband, Hank, live in Elgin. They have three children, Vivienne (18), William (14) and Henlea (7). Toni and Hank attend Fletcher Methodist Church, where Hank’s family has been members since the 1950’s.

A Lifetime in Education and Agriculture

Toni comes from an education and farming family. Her father, Butch Young, is a nationally known auctioneer. Toni graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree from OSU and earned a Master’s Degree at Cameron.

Today, Toni teaches 7th grade at Elgin Public Schools. She previously taught at Fletcher and the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center in Duncan.

True to her roots, Toni and Hank own a cow-calf operation of their own outside of Elgin. They are longtime members of the Oklahoma Cattleman’s Association, and Hank is President of the Comanche County Spring Fair and Livestock Expo.

Small Business Family

Toni understands the important role family small businesses play in our local communities. Since 2002, Hank, a veterinarian, has operated Happy Hollow Animal Hospital in Elgin. Toni knows what it takes to meet budgets, make payrolls and create jobs in southwest Oklahoma.

Conservative Values

Toni is a conservative who supports traditional values like the right to life and traditional marriage. She is a member of the NRA. Toni supports limited government, lower taxes and fiscal responsibility. She believes we should spend less money on wasteful welfare programs and direct that money into better roads, schools and public safety.

“I love our area, and I’ll work hard every day in the Senate to help ensure a better future for all of us here in southwest Oklahoma,” Hasenbeck said.

In 2014, Hasenbeck was the Democrat nominee for the state House District 65 seat, falling just short of victory with almost 49% of the vote.

“First and foremost, I am a conservative who shares the same values that most people in our area hold,” Hasenbeck said. “More than party labels, we are committed to values like our faith, family, patriotism, independence, determination and work ethic.”

“Southwest Oklahoma has supported many Republican candidates, from Ronald Reagan and J.C. Watts to Mary Fallin, Gary Jones and Ann Coody, who were all previously registered as Democrats,” Hasenbeck said. “I hope I can earn that same kind of support. “

Coody ran unsuccessfully for the state House in 2002 as a Democrat but won the same seat in 2004 as a Republican.

Campaign Steering Committee

Hasenbeck also announced the following members of her initial Campaign Steering Committee:

Larry Thoma, Pastor Elgin First Assembly of God Church and Elgin Mayor

Amber Moser McNeil, School Board member, Corvias Military Housing Ft. Sill Oklahoma

Raynelle Rose, retired Floral Shop Owner, Cyril

Mike Evon, Retired Air Force; Technology Director, Elgin Public Schools
Melissa Evon, History Teacher, Elgin Public Schools

Amy Grace, Owner Tag Agency, Jefferson County

Dale Smith D.O., SW Allergy Institute, Elgin

Dwayne Workman, Small Business Owner, Elgin

Steve Hyde, Administrator Southwestern Hospital, Lawton

Linda Ship, Oilfield worker spouse, Fletcher

Jennifer Callaway, 2015 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year Finalist, Walters native

Sam Firman, Oklahoma Farmers insurance, Lawton

Phillip Stoll, Owner Tiny Maes, Elgin

Jamie Glover, Former V.P. Cameron University, Elgin

Jennifer Ellis, CEO Cosmetic Specialty Labs, Lawton

Colby Collins, Cattle Producer, Tillman County

Judi Phillips Bridges, Educator and Early Childhood Development Expert, Elgin

Rachel Ezell, Middle School Educator, Elgin Public Schools, Elgin

Amber Harless Moser, MSNA, BSN Nurse Anesthetist Norman Regional Hospital

Shari Holloway, Consulting Agent at Apache Farmers Co-Op Agriculture Risk Management and Insurance LLC, Chattanooga

Traci Rankin, National Board Certified Teacher, Elgin

Kickoff Party Announced

Hasenbeck’s official campaign kickoff will be held Thursday, December 10, 2015 at Happy Hollow Animal Hospital, 53 NE Windy Road, Elgin, from 6:00 to 8:30 P.M. All are welcome.