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This week, Roxanne Murphy (NookSack) received the endorsement of the Bellingham Herald in her race for an at-large position on the Bellingham (Washington) Council. In Shoreline, the Native American Caucus of the Washington State Democrats Chair Chris Roberts (Choctaw) is running for reelection. In Toppenish, Vivian Peters Dela Rosa (Yakama) is running for the Toppenish School District Board, Position 3.

In a State with 2817 municipal offices up for election in 2013, the number of native candidates running for office is particularly low. In the Washington legislature, two Democrats, Representative John McCoy and Jeff Morris are Native Americans.

With INDN's List defunct, there is a void in partisan organizations specifically dedicated to basic research on the number of Native American candidates and partisan organizations. Non-partisan organizations like Native Vote are limited in what they can do, and how they can or will help Democratic candidates for office.

So, my questions are these:
1) Who are the Native American Democrats running for office (State legislature, city council, school boards, special purpose districts) in 2013?
2) What States have active Native American caucus organizations (either attached to or independent of their State Party)?
3) What are the steps we can or should take to increase the number of Native candidates running for public office?

I am curious about the state of the nation.  

Originally posted to thetadelta on Tue Jul 16, 2013 at 08:45 AM PDT.

Also republished by Native American Netroots.

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  •  Most of the Native candidates... (5+ / 0-)

    ...here in our part of Central WA run for tribal government and eschew non-tribal positions.

    Where we live near the Colville reservation, the racism against the tribal population is HUGE. A Native candidate running against a non-Native candidate for a municipal election would have a pretty steep hill to climb.

    "Reality divorced the wingnuts after the wingnuts were discovered to be fucking goofy." - DWG

    by Jojos Mojo on Tue Jul 16, 2013 at 10:07:11 AM PDT

    •  Steep Hills (2+ / 0-)
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      Jojos Mojo, FarWestGirl

      The same is true for Hispanic candidates in Eastern Washington as well.

      The point is that we need to work on identifying candidates to participate in the Democratic Party organizations and provide support and resources for those people who may be inclined to run (at some point).

      Across States, the information about Native candidates and organizations is virtually non-existent. There is no infrastructure at the DNC for Native Americans to identify or support Native candidates.

      •  For whatever reason... (0+ / 0-)

        ...there seems to be less racism against Hispanics and farm workers here compared to the level of racism aimed towards tribal members. I don't get any of it.

        "Reality divorced the wingnuts after the wingnuts were discovered to be fucking goofy." - DWG

        by Jojos Mojo on Tue Jul 16, 2013 at 01:40:22 PM PDT

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