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Election Board certifies all 15 Osage Congressional candidates for 2020 election

Photo caption: From left, top row: Joe Tillman (incumbent), Jodie Revard, Michael Bristow, Colt Herren, John Maker (incumbent), Melissa Dailey, Jim Trumbly. Bottom row, from left: Billy Keene, Michael Kidder, Pam Shaw, Maria Whitehorn (incumbent), Mary Jo Pratt, Amanda Proctor, RJ Walker (incumbent), and Shannon Edwards (incumbent).

All 15 Osage Congressional candidates’ names will appear on the June 1 general election ballot after the Osage Nation Election Board certified the candidate list.

The board certified the 15 candidates on March 9 during its regular monthly meeting in Pawhuska. Per the 2006 Osage Constitution, all Congressional candidates must be at least 25 years old on Election Day and cannot have felony convictions.

“All filed candidates for Congress met the requirements for candidacy and were certified,” said Election Supervisor Alexis Rencountre.

The 15 certified candidates are: Joe Tillman (incumbent), Jodie Revard, Michael Bristow, Colt Herren, John Maker (incumbent), Melissa Dailey, Jim Trumbly, Billy Keene, Michael Kidder, Pam Shaw, Maria Whitehorn (incumbent), Mary Jo Pratt, Amanda Proctor, RJ Walker (incumbent) and Shannon Edwards (incumbent).

When voting their ballots, Osages will decide on picking up to six candidates to fill the six opening seats on the 12-member Congress. In addition, there will be at least two questions on the ballot asking for a yes/ no vote.

In one question, voters will consider a constitutional amendment question of whether the Nation’s elected and retained officials serving in all three government branches should be limited to five full terms in office.

A separate question for voters asks whether the Constitution shall be amended to require candidates for Principal Chief and Assistant Principal Chief to run for office on a combined ticket. If the question passes, it will take effect starting with the 2022 election when those Executive Branch offices open.

The Sixth ON Congress passed both questions during its 2019 Hun-Kah Session as separate resolutions to refer the questions to voters.

The 2020 Hun-Kah Session commences for a regular 24-day duration on Monday, March 30 as the first of two constitutionally mandated regular sessions each year.

The ON Election Office is listed as “Osage Elections” on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram social media platforms.

For more information on the elections or to register or update addresses for voting, and to request absentee ballots, contact the Election Office toll-free at (877) 560-5286 or visit its current website at www.osagenation-nsn.gov/what-we-do/elections