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Newkirk Main Street announces online board member election

Press Release

NEWKIRK  —After careful consideration of the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) developments, Newkirk Main Street is postponing the Annual Banquet indefinitely, leading the organization to adopt an alternative method of electing board members.

“Your health and safety are our highest priority,” said Newkirk Main Street Director Alyssa McCleery. “Rescheduling the event will enable us to provide the experience that our partners, friends and community expect and deserve in a safe environment.

There is one important piece of business typically conducted at the Newkirk Main Street Annual Banquet, and that is the election of new board members. After much discussion among staff, current board members and the organization committee, it has been decided to proceed with this election through a Zoom meeting. The purpose of this meeting will be to elect new board members to the board of Newkirk Main Street, thus relieving board members whose terms have expired of their responsibilities.

The meeting invitation is included in this article, at and the Newkirk Main Street Facebook pages. It includes dial-in numbers for those who may not have audio/video computer capabilities. Participants may also call in to the Newkirk Main Street office at (580) 362-2377 until May 15 with an “aye” or “nay” vote for the new board member candidates. Please leave a message on the machine. These candidates are presented and elected as a whole so voting for a single candidate is not permitted.

The Organization Committee of Newkirk Main Street is proud to announce the following as new board member candidates:

Brady Barnes is a board member who has chosen to stay for a second term. As the superintendent of Newkirk Public Schools, he has been an invaluable supporter of the partnership between the schools and Newkirk Main Street.

Bob Capone moved to Newkirk from Pennsylvania several years ago, and has quickly made the community his new home. He and his wife, Faith, are co-owners of Capone’s Hoagies on West Seventh Street downtown Newkirk.

“Newkirk, Okla…small town America at its best. Small community with a big heart,” Capone said. “I wish to be on the board of directors for an organization that is forefront in the effort to bring the town back to the glory of its past.”

Ali Carpenter is a Newkirk High School and Southwestern Oklahoma State University graduate. She and her husband Landon currently reside in Newkirk, where he works for the Newkirk Fire Department. Ali works for Pioneer Technology Center Business and Information Technology (BITE) program.

Newkirk Main Street remains excited to host community supporters at the banquet later this year and will get back to everyone with more information on a specific date in the coming weeks. All tickets will be honored at the rescheduled event. The latest information will always be available at or on the Newkirk Main Street Facebook page. Until then, stay safe and healthy.



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