As of Feb. 7, a total of six Osages filed for candidacy seeking office in the June 1 general election where six Osage Nation Congressional seats will open.
The Congressional candidate filing period is open through Monday, March 2 at the ON Election Office in Pawhuska. Eligible candidates are tribally enrolled Osages who are at least 25 years old on election day and who do not have felony convictions, according to the 2006 Osage Constitution.
On Thursday, Feb. 6, incumbent John Maker filed for candidacy and was the lone candidate to file that day. Maker, a former ON Language Department teacher, is seeking his third Congressional term in office.
On Friday, Feb. 7, Melissa Dailey filed for candidacy shortly after the noon hour. Dailey, who has lived in the Houston area, has organized Texas Osage Association-Houston gatherings in recent years.
With Maker and Dailey seeking Congressional office, a total of six Osages have filed for candidacy at the end of the first week of the filing period. Joe Tillman (incumbent), Jodie Revard, Michael Bristow and Colt Herren all filed on Feb. 4 when the filing period opened.
After the candidate filing period ends, the ON Election Board will meet to consider certification of all candidates, pending background checks conducted by the ON Attorney General’s Office. In accordance with the Nation’s open meetings act, the Election Board meets as needed for regular or special meetings to consider election-related business in the ON Election Office at 608 Kihekah.
The next ON Election Board meeting is scheduled for Feb. 11 at 10 a.m.
The ON Election Office website contains other forms and information on the 2020 election including address update forms, absentee ballot request forms and information on the privacy program regarding voter information listed on the voter registration list. The website is at: www.osagenation-nsn.gov/what-we-do/elections