Tribal election season is underway again as Citizen Potawatomi Nation voters get set to elect candidates for Vice Chairman, Secretary-Treasurer and four members of the Legislature. District 5,6,7 and 8 are all on the ballot for the election which will take place at the Family Reunion Festival in Shawnee, Oklahoma in late June 2014.

Candidates for Vice Chairman and Secretary-Treasurer must live in Oklahoma, while those seeking legislative seats must live within their respective districts. District 5 includes part of Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah and Arizona. District 6 includes the southern portions of California and Nevada. District 7 includes the northern portions of California and Nevada. District 8 includes Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota and Nebraska.

Only CPN members who are 18 or older as of Election Day will be eligible to vote. All eligible CPN voters can vote in the election for Vice Chairman and Secretary Treasurer, while only those who live within a district may vote for the legislative representative running in their respective district races. Candidates for the legislative seats must be at least 18 years old by Election Day. Candidates for the Executive positions must be at least 35 years old by Election Day. Additionally, they must have resided in the district from which they are elected, for at least six months on Election Day.

CPN members who would like to be considered for these positions must have their declarations of candidacy in the Election Committee’s hands no later than 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 8, 2014. These declarations of candidacy must be filed through the U.S. Postal Service. Filing forms can be requested by writing to Hownikan@potawatomi.org or calling 405-275-3121 and requesting the Public Information office.

Current incumbents in these positions are Linda Capps, Vice Chairman; D. Wayne Trousdale, Secretary-Treasurer; Gene Lambert, District 5 Legislator; Rande Payne, District 6 Legislator; Mark Johnson, District 7 Legislator; and Dave Carney, District 8 Legislator.