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May 20, 2013

Smith family receives Dr. Beasley award at GOP Fish Fry

DUNCAN — This year at the Stephens County GOP Fish Fry, the Dr. Beasley Party Builder Award didn’t go to an individual, but an entire family.

Ron and Betty Smith have been involved in the local political arena for more than 20 years and have five children who are following in their footsteps. The award is given in honor of Dr. Beasley because of his passion for politics and grassroots movements.

“He always believed that principles are more important than popularity,” said Steve Fair, event chair and Oklahoma Republican National Committeeman. “He always had an opinion and it was always thought out and filled with wisdom.”

Fair said the Smiths have shown that same passion by passing it along to their children: Andrew, Adam, Abigail, Amos and David. All have been or are homeschooled and have worked together as a family by volunteering for the GOP.

Adam is the vice chair for the Stephens County Republican Party and owns Smith Pixels with brother Andrew, which was running video and sound for the event. Each of the other members of the Smith family were busy volunteering during the evening and were surprised to hear their name called for the award.

“I am humbled and honored to receive this award,” said Betty.

“We have just tried to make a difference in the community because that’s where it starts and it spreads from there. If we each do our own little part, it becomes a part of the big picture.”

Ron stated part of the reason of why their family has become such an active part of the GOP.

“I spent the summer of 1993 in Ukraine,” he said. “I’ve been involved ever since because I never want to see that kind of government come to this country.”

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