ELGIN, OK – Toni Hasenbeck, a former Democrat switched to Republican, will seek the Oklahoma State Senate District 31 seat in the 2016 Election. Current State Sen. Don Barrington is retiring due to term limits.
The district covers parts of Comanche, Cotton, Jefferson, Stephens, and Tillman Counties.
Hasenbeck ran as a Democrat candidate for Oklahoma House District 65 in 2014 loosing to the Republican candidate Scooter Park.
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.
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.
Elections for Oklahoma Senate District 31 will be held along with other major elections in June of 2016. You can find more information about the candidates on FortySix News 2016 Elections page.