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Two Congressional incumbents file for candidacy on Day One of General Election filing period

Congress members Eli Potts and Alice Goodfox are seeking reelection. SHANNON SHAW DUTY/Osage News

Two Osage Nation Congress members filed for candidacy seeking reelection in the June 6 General Election on Day One of the Congressional candidate filing period.

On Feb.1, Eli Potts filed for candidacy first that morning in seeking reelection for a second term on the 12-member Congress. Potts, who previously worked as the Congressional Office Budget Analyst, won his first election in 2018.

Later in the morning, Alice Goodfox also filed for candidacy seeking reelection for a fourth term in office. Goodfox won her first Congressional election in 2010 and won subsequent four-year terms in the 2014 and 2018 elections.

The candidacy filing period for those running for Congress is open through Monday, March 7, 2022, according to the Wahzhazhe Elections Office in Pawhuska where prospective candidates must file in person. Those seeking Congressional Office must be enrolled Osages, at least 25 years old on Election Day and have never been convicted of a felony, according to the 2006 Osage Constitution.

Due to the threat of a significant winter storm affecting the region, the Executive Branch announced ON government offices will be closed Wednesday, Feb. 2. Election Supervisor Alexis Rencountre said her office will also be closed and filing will resume when offices reopen.

At the time of filing for candidacy, prospective candidates must show proof of having a separate bank account in the candidate’s name or the candidate’s campaign. Candidates must also pay filing fees to the Election Office with the fee for Congress candidates set at $300. All candidates will be required to provide two campaign reporting statements listing campaign donations and expenditures out of the campaign bank account, according to the election rules and regulations.

All Congressional candidates who file for candidacy will be subject to background checks for felonies on their records before they are certified by the Wahzhazhe Elections Board to appear on the ballot.

The Election Board will meet on March 11 to consider certifying Congressional candidates, according to Board Chair Shannon Lockett.

For more information on the elections, filing for candidacy, 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


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Benny Polacca

Original Publish Date: 2022-02-02 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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