Three more Osages filed for candidacy to run for Osage Nation Congress in the June 4 election bringing the number of candidates to nine as of Feb. 22.
On Feb. 9, Amanda Proctor filed for candidacy at the ON Election Office, making her the seventh Osage to do so. Proctor and the six candidates who filed before her are all women.
Michael Kidder is the first Osage man to file for candidacy in this election year. Kidder filed on Feb. 15 making him the eighth overall Osage to run for office.
The next day, Eli Potts filed on Feb. 16 making him the ninth overall candidate filing. The ON Congressional candidate filing period is open through March 12.
The six opening ON Congressional seats each have four-year terms with two regular Congressional sessions each year lasting up to 24 days with the Hun-Kah Session in spring and Tzi-Zho Session in the fall. Special sessions (lasting up to 10 days) may be called at other times throughout the year via written proclamations issued by the Principal Chief or legislative approval by two-thirds of the Congress members.
After the Congressional candidate filing period ends, the ON Election Board will meet to consider certification of the candidates, pending background checks conducted by the ON Attorney General’s Office. The Election Board also meet as needed for regular or special meetings to consider election-related business with the next regular board meeting scheduled Feb. 8 at 1 p.m. in the ON Election Office at 608 Kihekah in Pawhuska.
The ON Election Office website also contains other forms and information on the 2018 election including address update forms, absentee ballot request forms, and information on the privacy program regarding voter information listed on the voter registry list. The website is at www.osagenation-nsn.gov/what-we-do/elections
The Election Office is also on Facebook at “Osage Nation Election Office” where officials post updates and links to election-related information.