The Osage News runoff election debates are tonight and all four candidates have said they will be there.
The candidates running are John Red Eagle and Tim Tall Chief for principal chief, and Amanda Proctor and Scott BigHorse for assistant principal chief. The debates will be held at 6 p.m. at the Wah Zha Zhi Cultural Center, 1449 W. Main, and will be broadcast live on the Nation’s Web site at www.osagetribe.com.
The public is invited to attend the debates and hear the candidates answer the debate questions. The event is also being catered by the Osage Million Dollar Elm.
Each group of two candidates will be asked eight questions. Those questions will cover the topics of: economy, health, education, social services, gaming, legal, energy, preservation, culture, natural resources and responsibilities of the offices being sought by the candidates.
The candidates will have three minutes to answer each question and will be allowed one minute for rebuttal or follow-ups. The Osage News will publish a program on the day of the debate outlining the rules and the questions which will be posed to the candidates.
Questions will not be allowed from the audience, applause or any type of demonstration will not be allowed while the candidates are debating. The Osage Nation Police Department will be present at the debates.
No visual aids, such as power points, may be used by a candidate.
Representatives from the League of Women Voters of Tulsa will be moderating the event as well as timing the candidates’ responses. They will give a 30 second warning to the candidates and announce when their time has expired.
Because the Osage News is non-partisan and does not support or oppose individual candidates, all political advertising (including brochures, bumper stickers, signs, buttons) and electioneering will not be allowed during the debate. A question committee, comprising of the newspaper staff and four tribal members have developed the debate questions.
Susan Shannon, host of KGOU-KROU’s Indian Times, will be the emcee for the debate.