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Filing period closes with 15 Osages running for ON Congress in June 2018 election

Fifteen Osages filed for candidacy seeking Osage Nation Congressional office in the June 4 general election during the filing period that ended March 12.

In the month of March, six Osages filed at the ON Election Office, bringing the total of candidates to 15. On June 4, six seats on the 12-member Congress will be up for election.

Those candidates filing in March include: Colt Herren, who filed on March 2; Scott Bighorse (March 7); William “Kugee” Supernaw (March 7); Brandy Lemon (March 9); Thomas Trumbly (March 12); and Paula Stabler (March 12).

The ON Election Board will hold a special meeting on Monday, March 19, at 1 p.m. to consider certification of the Congressional candidates who are all subject to background checks conducted by the ON Attorney General’s Office.

In this year’s election, there will be at least three new Congress members elected with three incumbents who did not file seeking another legislative term. Those not seeking re-election to Congress include James Norris, Otto Hamilton (who is running for Assistant Principal Chief) and Dr. Ron Shaw who resigned in January to take the Wah-Zha-Zhi Health Center CEO post.

This year’s candidate count mirrors 2016’s candidate count at 15 who ran for the Fifth ON Congress. In 2014, a total of 21 Osages ran for Congress.

The ON Election Office website 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

The Election Office is on Facebook at “Osage Nation Election Office” where officials post updates and links to election-related information.


Osage News

Original Publish Date: 2018-03-13 00:00:00


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