County Commissioner

Lawton Constitution

June 13, 2010


Cache man announces candidacy for county commission

Don Hawthorne, Cache, announced he is a candidate for the Comanche County Commissioner seat for District 3.
Hawthorne is one of four candidates hoping to succeed County Commissioner Susan Ulrich, who did not seek re-election. Other candidates are Republicans Joe English of Lawton and Doyal Reed of Faxon and Democrat Debbie McDonald of Cache.
Hawthorne, a Republican, is a retired civil servant who was born in Lawton and graduated from Cache High School in 1960, where he played baseball and basketball.
Hawthorne is a 1965 graduate of Oklahoma State University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in wildlife management and conservation.
During his more than 30 years of federal service, Hawthorne worked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Oklahoma, Utah and New Mexico. He later transferred to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services and worked in Texas, Colorado and Washington, D.C., before returning to Oklahoma. Hawthorne retired in 1999 with 33 years of service.
Among the positions Hawthorne held during his career was state director of Texas Wildlife Services, which had a combined budget of more than $5 million and more than 200 employees. He was also the director of the Western Region of Wildlife Services, which included the 18 most western states, including Alaska, Hawaii and the territory of Guam. In that capacity, Hawthorne supervised 18 federal Wildlife Services programs and administered an annual budget of over $21 million.
Sunday, June 13, 2010