Photo Caption: Candidates listen to Assistant Election Supervisor Courtney Piearcy during a candidate workshop on April 13 in the Osage Nation Civic Center in Pawhuska. BENNY POLACCA/Osage News
The Osage Nation Election Office held an April 13 candidate workshop and drawing for candidate name placements on the June 4 general election ballot.
That day, the Election Office staff held a drawing to determine the order in which candidate names will appear on the ballot for those seeking Executive Branch or ON Congressional office in the Nation’s general election. Fifteen candidates are seeking six open Congressional seats and two candidates are running for both the Principal Chief and Assistant Principal Chief’s offices. All elected positions carry four-year terms.
Election staff added folded pieces of paper containing the candidate names into a rotating hopper and each name was drawn from the hopper door after it was rotated several times to mix up the names during the candidate workshop. The results of the drawing order are:
Geoffrey Standing Bear
Assistant Principal Chief
Raymond Red Corn
Members of Congress
Scott Big Horse
Also listed on the ballot are the three ON Supreme Court Justices who are due for yes/ no retention votes for another four-year term. Those judges are:
Chief Justice Meredith (Quinata) Drent
Associate Justice Elizabeth Lohah Homer
Associate Justice Drew Pierce
A sample ballot for the June 4 election is also available for viewing on the ON Election Office website at https://s3.amazonaws.com/osagenation-nsn.gov/files/departments/Elections/2018-0416_Election-Office_Official-Ballot-Sample.pdf