Jerry L. Donathan
for State Senate 
District 7 

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Jerry L. Donathan

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Barbara & Jerry 
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Deployment for Desert Storm

Hello Friends! I am Jerry Donathan and I want your vote for State Senate District No. 7. This District covers Pittsburg, Haskell, Latimer, eastern Hughes and southern Okfuskee Counties.
I was born in Wister, and I live in McAlester. I am a dedicated Navy and Army veteran. I am committed to making Southeastern Oklahoma a better place to live.
Southeastern Oklahoma has been neglected for the past 8 years. The current State Senator has brought few, if any, jobs to Southeastern Oklahoma. He lost the Veteran’s Center in Talihina. We can do better! It is time for change!
I will aggressively work on legislation for jobs, Main Street business, public education, and health care. Ranchers and farmers are suffering tremendously. I will tirelessly work to find markets, and provide government assistance.
When elected, I will partner with private industry, local, state, and tribal governments. I will not only talk about jobs, but I will strive to help bring jobs here and now. I will fight for public education and tax incentives which are the soil to grow industry.
Although I am a Democrat, I will not march in lock step with the National Democratic Party. I will be a Senator for Independents, Republicans, and Democrats.
Is Oklahoma better off now than it was 8 years ago? It is time for change! The time is now!

Why am I running for office?
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With Fred Harris U. S. Senator from Oklahoma

First, it’s my right and privilege. Second, I was born in Wister and raised in Southeastern Oklahoma. I am very passionate about our area of the state. I have a strong desire to see improvements made in Southeastern Oklahoma. I feel that better representation in Oklahoma’s Senate is needed in our legislature to benefit District No. 7.

What is the biggest issue I hope to address if elected?
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Democrat Booth at the Italian Festival

My main focus will be on bringing jobs to Southeastern Oklahoma. I will partner with private industry. I will work hard with local, state, and tribal governments to bring jobs to Southeastern Oklahoma. I will seek jobs in industry, technology, and tourism.

Another issue I hope to address if I am elected?
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Medicaid expansion and health care. I will work to expand emergency services in rural areas. Since small local hospitals have been closed, now more than ever, rural Oklahoma needs well equipped emergency clinics. I will work to obtain funding for life-saving triage clinics.

About Jerry 
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Jerry Donathan has announced his candidacy for District 7 Oklahoma State Senator. Donathan said: “I will support common sense legislation that represents the interests of all parties, Republicans, Independents, and Democrats, in District 7 and the state as a whole. We must unite now during these difficult times in Oklahoma, our nation, and the world”.

His top priorities are education, jobs, and health care. Donathan is anti-abortion with some exceptions. He also supports freedom of religion, Second Amendment rights, and equal rights. Donathan also said: “We need to support our farmers, ranchers, and oilfield workers. We must promote hunting, electricity, timber, and tourism”. “I don’t make promises,” Donathan said, “but I will work hard to accomplish what is best for all concerned”.

Mr. Donathan was born and raised in Wister. He attended school at Fanshawe and graduated high school from Panana. He attended radio telegraph school in Pueblo, Colorado. After graduation, he was employed by the Rock Island Railroad in Oklahoma, Kansas, and Texas.

Mr. Donathan is a Vietnam War veteran. He enlisted in the Navy. He served in Morocco, Africa, Puerto Rico, and Imperial Beach, California. After discharge from the Navy, Mr. Donathan worked in Ft. Smith, Arkansas, and then for the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety as a radio dispatcher for the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

Mr. Donathan married Barbara Patterson of McAlester, his bride of 48 years. They have two sons and three granddaughters. Jerry received his Associate Arts degree in elementary education from Carl Albert Jr. College. He worked for Whirlpool Corporation, and also as a Journeyman Ironworker out of Local Union No. 584.

Mr. Donathan and his family moved back to McAlester in 1980 and started their ranching operation west of McAlester. He worked at McAlester Army Ammunition Plant until his retirement in 2010. Mr. Donathan was in the Oklahoma National Guard from 1982 until 2006. His guard duty included the Murrah Building bombing, Panama Canal, Trinidad, and Desert Storm in Iraq.

Mr. Donathan is a 32nd degree Mason and a Shriner. He is a member of the VFW, DAV, and American Legion. He has served on the Rural Water District No. 7 Board, and Blue Volunteer Fire Department. He has also served as Chairman and Precinct Officer for the Pittsburg County Democratic Club. Mr. Donathan can be reached at (918) 424-4555,, or Facebook at Donathan for Senate 2020.

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Desert Storm Living Quarters

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On MP Patrol

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Serving Food at the Italian Festival