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Okla. Democratic Party Elects New Officers (May 16, 2011)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A former state representative from Norman elected to head the Oklahoma Democratic Party says he wants to "build from success within the party" during his tenure over the next two years.

Wallace Collins said Monday he plans to work hard to move the party forward after decimating losses to Republicans in November.

The GOP in November captured all eight Democrat-held statewide elected offices on the ballot, including the governor's office, and extended their majorities in the House and Senate.

Collins was elected Saturday over five other candidates during the Democratic Party Convention in Oklahoma City. Outgoing chairman Todd Goodman didn't seek another term.

Dana Orwig of Oklahoma City was elected vice-chairman.

Collins represented east Norman in the Oklahoma House, but was defeated in November by Republican Aaron Stiles, an attorney.

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