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2020 Congressional candidates select campsites for Election Day

Photo caption: 2020 Osage Candidate Campsite map. Courtesy Photo/Wahzhazhe Elections Office

Candidates seeking Osage Nation Congressional office in the 2020 General Election will be greeting voters at their Election Day campsites on June 1 at the government campus park in Pawhuska.

The Wahzhazhe Elections Office hosted a May 15 campsite drawing for the candidates by videoconference. The park is located across the campus service road west of the Chambers Building and ON Museum. 

At the park, there will be 12 total campsites among the 15 candidates with some sharing their campsite space with other fellow candidates.

Election Day voting will be held from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the ON Civic Center located at 1449 W. Main St. in Pawhuska. The Election Board and staff is holding both May 29-30 early voting and Election Day voting at the Civic Center to keep distancing measures in place for in-person voters due to COVID-19.

In the videoconference campsite drawing, Election Supervisor Alexis Rencountre used a rotating hopper to mix up the candidate names listed on pieces of paper to determine the order of campsite picking. Candidates attending the electronic meeting – or who were contacted by phone – picked out their campsites once Rencountre drew their names.

Each campsite is 20 feet by 20 feet and the candidates are responsible for cleanup and following rules to hold the Election Day spaces. There are three permanent arbors at the park and the remaining campsites are in the open. Candidates holding the open sites will be responsible for their own tents/ shelters, tables and seating.

Candidate Pam Shaw picked the park’s main arbor after Rencountre drew her name first. Shannon Edwards picked the north arbor after her name was drawn second. Michael Bristow picked the south arbor after being the third candidate name drawn.

Candidates Billy Keene, Jodie Revard and Colt Herren will share a campsite to the north of the main arbor. Michael Kidder and Mary Jo Pratt will share a campsite on the southeast side of the park.

To see where your favorite candidate is hosting a campsite, view the map at: http://s3.amazonaws.com/static.osagenews.org/cms_page_media/43/2020-0522_Elections_Campsite-Results-Map.pdf

 


By

Benny Polacca


Original Publish Date: 2020-05-28 00:00:00

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  • Benny Polacca

    Title: Senior Reporter

    Email: bpolacca@osagenation-nsn.gov

    Instagram: @bpolacca

    Topic Expertise: Government, Tribal Government, Community

    Languages spoken: English, basic knowledge of Spanish and French

    Benny Polacca (Hopi/ Havasupai/ Pima/ Tohono O’odham) started working at the Osage News in 2009 as a reporter in Pawhuska, Okla., where he’s covered various stories and events that impact the Osage Nation and Osage people. Those newspaper contributions cover a broad spectrum of topics and issues from tribal government matters to features. As a result, Polacca has gained an immeasurable amount of experience in covering Native American affairs, government issues and features so the Osage readership can be better informed about the tribal current affairs the newspaper covers.

    Polacca is part of the Osage News team that was awarded the Native American Journalists Association's Elias Boudinet Free Press Award in 2014 and has won numerous NAJA media awards, as well as awards from the Oklahoma Press Association and SPJ Oklahoma Pro Chapter, for storytelling coverage and photography.

    Polacca earned his bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University and also participated in the former American Indian Journalism Institute at the University of South Dakota where he was introduced to the basics of journalism and worked with seasoned journalists there and later at The Forum daily newspaper covering the Fargo, N.D. area where he worked as the weeknight reporter.

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Benny Polacca
Benny Polaccahttps://osagenews.org

Title: Senior Reporter

Email: bpolacca@osagenation-nsn.gov

Instagram: @bpolacca

Topic Expertise: Government, Tribal Government, Community

Languages spoken: English, basic knowledge of Spanish and French

Benny Polacca (Hopi/ Havasupai/ Pima/ Tohono O’odham) started working at the Osage News in 2009 as a reporter in Pawhuska, Okla., where he’s covered various stories and events that impact the Osage Nation and Osage people. Those newspaper contributions cover a broad spectrum of topics and issues from tribal government matters to features. As a result, Polacca has gained an immeasurable amount of experience in covering Native American affairs, government issues and features so the Osage readership can be better informed about the tribal current affairs the newspaper covers.

Polacca is part of the Osage News team that was awarded the Native American Journalists Association's Elias Boudinet Free Press Award in 2014 and has won numerous NAJA media awards, as well as awards from the Oklahoma Press Association and SPJ Oklahoma Pro Chapter, for storytelling coverage and photography.

Polacca earned his bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University and also participated in the former American Indian Journalism Institute at the University of South Dakota where he was introduced to the basics of journalism and worked with seasoned journalists there and later at The Forum daily newspaper covering the Fargo, N.D. area where he worked as the weeknight reporter.

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