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OPEA is a grassroots association run by Oklahoma State Employees. Every year OPEA Regional Director seats come up for election. The Regional Director seats are divided into geographic regions. This year OPEA State President, regions 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, and retiree east seats are up for election. Region 6 has 2 regional director positions due to the number of OPEA members within the region. Both seats are up for election.

If you want to be more active in OPEA and take a more active role in improving state employment and retirement, you should consider running for an OPEA office.  The filing period is June 13th through June 24th at 5 PM. All offices up for election have a two-year term beginning January 1, 2023

OPEA State President is the face of our association. The buck stops with them. Our president does not represent a region, they represent our whole organization. The president shapes the future and direction of OPEA. The state president will interact with elected officials on the highest level of lobbying and advocacy for Oklahoma state employees. OPEA President chairs our regional director board meetings which occur 6-8 times a year, but they hold the power to call board meetings at their discretion. President is the highest power within OPEA.

Regional directors serve on the OPEA Board of Directors which meets six to eight times per year either in person or virtually and attend important OPEA events like the annual convention & legislative receptions. They often communicate with legislators and other state leaders to advance OPEA’s agenda. Regional directors also work to increase local membership, coordinate local OPEA activities and communicate with members in their region.

If you are interested in running for an office email Tony DeSha with any questions. If you wish to run for a position, please fill out the form above or email your answers to

OPEA will screen the applicants to make sure they are eligible to run for office and notify them of their eligibility. If you have questions, please email Tony DeSha. OPEA’s election rules are shown below and we encourage you to review them before deciding whether you would like to run.

Candidates will be informed of unofficial results first and official results will be announced at the OPEA Annual Convention and Delegate Assembly on August 27th.

If you are interested in running for OPEA leadership please review the campaign rules below!

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