“Holt Takes Early Fundraising Lead in Race to Replace Coffee”

Here is Okie Pundit’s take on the campaign’s fundraising.

The McCarville Report: “Holt Reports $55,665 Raised In SD30 Race”

Here is The McCarville Report’s coverage of the campaign’s fundraising report.

Expecting Baby Holt

I am proud to tell you that Rachel and I are expecting a son on December 16th!


Oklahoma County Republican Party Picnic

elephant1I really enjoyed spending some time today with fellow activists at the Oklahoma County Republican Party picnic.  There was a great turnout at the Warwick Clubhouse in Northwest Oklahoma City, with good food and good fellowship.    

The County Chairman, DeWayne McAnally, and the Vice Chair, Denise Crosswhite Hader, deserve a big thank you for putting together a fun event.  The Oklahoma County GOP continues to grow, and I think it will be a valuable organization for all Republican candidates in 2010.  I’m proud to serve on the Oklahoma County GOP Executive Committee, and I plan to do my part.

Here is the link to the County web site.

Bob Rader

Oklahoma City lost a wonderful human being today, and I lost a friend.  Bob Rader passed away at the age of 74.  Here is more about him. 

What you don’t see in that article is that Bob was a fixture of the Edgewater neighborhood (63rd and Portland) for decades.  He was a gentleman, a veteran, and a community servant.  He and Judy were a great couple, and our thoughts and prayers are with Judy and the rest of their family tonight. 

The suddenness of his passing was hard to accept.  I saw him deliver a presentation just four weeks ago.   And in May, Bob was kind enough to participate in some photos for this campaign.  One appears on the site and in my announcement video, and I have reproduced it here.   











Life gives us plenty of reminders to live every day like it’s your last.  I think Bob lived that way.  Take this news as today’s reminder.

It crossed my mind that I should take down his picture from my site.  But I quickly realized that was absurd - I don’t want to forget Bob, I want to remember him.

Governor Mike Huckabee

Me and Governor Huckabee

Me and Governor Huckabee

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee was in Oklahoma City tonight.  My friend Scott Pruitt, former state senator and current managing partner of the Oklahoma City RedHawks, served as host. 

I first met Scott and his family when I gave them a tour of the West Wing of the White House around 2003, and we’ve stayed friends ever since.  Scott is very active with Governor Huckabee’s continuing efforts to elect conservative Republicans to office.

The event was at the Bricktown Ballpark during the RedHawks game.  My mayor, Mick Cornett, a Huckabee supporter, spoke.  And Scott was kind enough to introduce me to the assembled Huck fans.  The Governor spoke eloquently and with his usual charm about the current crippling deficit, the Fair Tax, and other topics.  He predicted gubernatorial victories this year in Virginia and New Jersey.  He talked about Huck PAC and his Fox News TV show.  And he sounded every bit the 2012 presidential candidate.

Lot of great Republicans there tonight, like GOP Chairman Gary Jones, Vice Chair Angie LaPlante, State Rep. Phil Richardson, Marc Nuttle, Sam Hammons and Crystal Drwenski, to name a few.  Thanks to Scott for putting on such a great event, and giving Oklahomans the opportunity to hear in person from Governor Huckabee.

The Putnam City School District and the Northwest Chamber












There are two institutions that serve as the community centers of the Thirtieth Senate District – the Putnam City School District and the Northwest Chamber.  They have the same boundaries and they cover virtually the entire Senate district.  I am honored to serve on the board of the Putnam City Public Schools Foundation and the board of the Northwest Chamber.

Today I had lunch at the Northwest Chamber’s annual State of the State event, where we heard from our excellent delegation to the legislature.  I want to commend CEO Jill McCartney and Chairman Jane Haskin of First Bethany Bank & Trust for their stewardship of the organization, and for the great program they put together today. 

This evening I attended the Putnam City School Board meeting.  My mother was very active in the PTA and involved in many education issues in the School District when I was growing up, so I spent a considerable amount of my childhood at Ann Arbor and 40th.  It’s an honor to again be so intimately connected with the School District.  I want to commend Superintendent Paul Hurst and the School Board for their excellent leadership.  They and the Putnam City staff are engaged in the most critical work imaginable.  And I am especially grateful for the School Board members – Gail LoPresto, Julie Jenison, Mark Bledsoe, Becky Haliburton and Tammy West – who volunteer their time to serve our kids.  Some might say it’s a thankless job, but they have mine. 

July 4th at Quail Creek and Bethany

Rachel and I started the day at the annual Quail Creek parade.  We enjoyed visiting with our friends and neighbors, and eating some great watermelon.  And, Rachel debuted the campaign t-shirt.

Rachel, myself and Caroline Gist at the Northwest Chamber booth

Rachel, myself and Caroline Gist at the Northwest Chamber booth

Then it was on to Bethany for the annual Freedom Festival, which has long been the preeminent July 4th celebration, probably in the whole state.

Rachel and I spent some time handing out free fans at the Northwest Chamber booth with NW Chamber CEO Jill McCartney, Putnam City Schools Foundation Executive Director Caroline Gist, and longtime Bethany Farmers Insurance agent Kevin Davis.  Then we checked out the rest of the festival and car show. 

Thank you to Bethany Mayor Bryan Taylor for his hospitality, and a job well done to him, City Manager John Shugart, Police Chief Phil Cole, and all the staff and volunteers that make the Bethany Freedom Festival such a special event in our community.
Me and Bethany Mayor Bryan Taylor

Me and Bethany Mayor Bryan Taylor









Independence Day

Tonight, Rachel and I enjoyed a wonderful performance by the Oklahoma City Philharmonic at “Red, White and Boom” in Bricktown. 

Last night and this evening, I read a portion of the Declaration of Independence before the regular performances of Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park in the Myriad Gardens.  If you haven’t taken the time this Independence Day weekend to read the Declaration, I highly recommend it.  You can find the text here.

We are thinking tonight of all the people who have fought to preserve our freedom.  Especially my grandfather Charles Holt, who served in the Navy in World War I; my grandfather Col. Leonard Fuller, who served in World War II and Korea; my uncle Leonard Fuller, who served in Korea and Vietnam; and my cousin Graham Castro-Miller, who just graduated from the Naval Academy. 

Happy Independence Day.  Look forward to seeing friends and neighbors at tomorrow’s Quail Creek and Bethany parades.