Tribal election season is underway again as Citizen Potawatomi Nation voters get set to elect candidates for three legislative seats, all based in Oklahoma.
District 10, 11 and 13 are all on the ballot for the election which will take place at the Family Reunion Festival in Shawnee, Oklahoma on June, 27 2015.
Those seeking legislative seats must live within their respective districts. Districts 10, 11 and 13 are all located in Oklahoma, but have no specific geographic limits inside the state. Therefore those wishing to contest a specific seat must indicate which legislative district in which they are running.
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. 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. Additionally, they must have resided in the district (in this case, the entire state of Oklahoma) 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 14, 2015. 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 are District 10 Legislator David Joe Barrett, District 11 Legislator Lisa Kraft and District 13 Legislator Bobbi Bowden.