Marilyn Rainwater

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Marilyn Rainwater
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Former candidate for
Oklahoma State Senate, District 28
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
High schoolNew Lima High School
AssociateSeminole State College
Bachelor'sEast Central University
ProfessionChild Welfare Specialist
Campaign website
Marilyn Rainwater was a 2014 Democratic candidate for District 28 of the Oklahoma State Senate.


Campaign themes


Rainwater's campaign website highlighted the following issues:[1]


  • Excerpt: "I know what it is like, to be in high school wondering how it would be possible to afford to go to college. Students today should be as fortunate as I was; that by virtue of graduating at the top of my high school class, I was rewarded with an academic scholarship to the local Junior College and with the help of low-interest government student loans I went on to obtain a Bachelor's degree. College should not be out of the reach of working class families."


  • Excerpt: "It only makes sense to me that when a person puts in the labor to earn their keep, he/she should be paid the wages to provide for their keep. That's the way it used to be. I can remember all the factories in our rural communities throughout Oklahoma, where a high school graduate or a housewife could go to work and make a living wage. Those factories are all gone now."
  • Excerpt: "Even with a college degree, these days it is hard to find a job that pays much more than minimum wage. That just isn't right. Whether it's to support a family or pay off high student debt, better wage jobs have to be a priority."


  • Excerpt: "Our country has to do a better job in taking care of our veterans. They are coming home from serving numerous tours of duty with physical and mental health needs that are going unmet. They are the rising ranks of the homelessness, the unemployed and the suicides. When America's young men and women volunteer to lay their lives on the line to defend our freedoms, we owe them all the support they need upon their return."


  • Excerpt: "Now is the time for progressive thinking and problem solving; we have to rebuild our middle class. We have to get back to basics. Fund education, invest in our infrastructure, explore technologies in renewable energy."
  • Excerpt: "And we need a woman to represent Oklahoma. The status of women in Oklahoma is one of the worst in the nation. The well being of our children depends on mothers who are safe, healthy and educated. That should be reflected in our government policies and budget. I will bring that conversation to the table."



See also: Oklahoma State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Oklahoma State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 24, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was April 11, 2014. Marilyn Rainwater defeated Billy Hinton in the Democratic primary, while Jason Smalley defeated Michael Ballard, Charles Mashek, Joe Dobry and Danny Williams in the Republican primary. Smalley defeated Rainwater in the general election.[2][3][4]

Oklahoma State Senate, District 28 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJason Smalley 71.7% 12,781
     Democratic Marilyn Rainwater 28.3% 5,054
Total Votes 17,835
Oklahoma State Senate, District 28 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMarilyn Rainwater 59.4% 2,259
Billy Hinton 40.6% 1,542
Total Votes 3,801
Oklahoma State Senate, District 28 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJason Smalley 56.9% 3,023
Danny Williams 16.1% 856
Joe Dobry 13% 691
Michael Ballard 8.3% 440
Charles Mashek 5.7% 303
Total Votes 5,313


See also: Oklahoma House of Representatives elections, 2012

Rainwater ran in the 2012 election for Oklahoma House District 28. Rainwater ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on June 26 and was defeated by incumbent Tom Newell in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[5][6][7][8]

Oklahoma House of Representatives, District 28, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTom Newell Incumbent 62.8% 7,097
     Democratic Marilyn Rainwater 37.2% 4,202
Total Votes 11,299

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