Here are some of the highlights of the accomplishments of the Brennan Society in our first two years under highly capable leadership–1) growing from 0 to 67 members in 2011; 2) growing to 74 members in 2012; 3) having 40 new members/renewals for 2013 as of 1/26/13; 4) endorsing, nominating, and electing LaDonna Hunt as the OCDP Secretary in 2011; 5) endorsing and helping re-elect Debbie Hogue-Downing as 5th District Democratic Chair, and endorsing and helping elect Jeff Marsel as 5th District Democratic Vice Chair in 2011; 6) endorsing and helping elect Dana Orwig as ODP Vice Chair and Wallace Collins as ODP Chair in 2011; 7) endorsing and helping Ismat Esrar in his election as a member of the OPEA board in 2012; 8) endorsing and helping Marilyn Rainwater and Nick Singer, candidates for state representative in 2012–both ran strong races and we did canvassing of hundreds/thousands of homes for each; 9) endorsing and helping congressional candidate Tom Guild–he ran the strongest race of any Democrat running in the five districts in Oklahoma in 2012, the strongest race of any Democrat in the fifth district since 1992, and received the most votes of any Democrat running in the fifth since it was redistricted in 2000; 10) we nominated, endorsed, and elected Tom Guild, Ismat Esrar, Jason Madrid, LaDonna Hunt, Jody Harlan, Jenny Thompson as delegates to the 2012 DNC in Charlotte and Helen Kusek as alternate delegate. Carl Downing served as a Democratic elector for Oklahoma in 2012. We participated in the Oklahoma City AIDS Walk. The Brennan Society was also featured in a number of articles in the media in the past two years.
The following individuals were elected in January as Brennan Society Justices—Jane Anderson, Susan Bishop, Connor Bannon, Ismat Esrar, Tom Guild, Stephan Hamilton, Gene Hunt, Helen Kusek, and Elizabeth Overman. Jane, Susan, Ismat, Stephan, and Elizabeth were elected to one-year terms. Connor, Tom, Gene, and Helen were elected to two-year terms.
We now have 47 new or renewed members for 2013! Congratulations to our new justices and new and renewed members! If you would like to join or renew your membership for 2013, please mail a check payable to Brennan Society to 2109 Rushing Meadows, Edmond, OK 73013.