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Red Lake Nation Tribal election results are in, five races move to runoff elections in July

In the races for chairman and district representatives, no candidate received more than 50% of the vote. In those races, the two candidates with the most votes will continue to a runoff election.

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RED LAKE, Minn. — The Red Lake Nation has announced the official results of its May 18 general election, and five of the seven races will move to runoff elections in July.

In the races for chairman and district representatives, no candidate received more than 50% of the vote. In those races, the two candidates with the most votes will continue to a runoff election.

The race for chairman had five candidates, and Floyd “Buck” Jourdain, who received 42.76% of the vote, and current chairman Darrell Seki, who received 42.68% of the vote, will move on to the runoff election. Jourdain was only three votes ahead of Seki in the 1,510 to 1,507 vote. Other candidates were Angela Strong-Chaboyea, who received 1.87% of the vote, Lydell Roberts, who received 4.96% of the vote, and Darwin Sumner, who received 7.73% of the vote.

In the race for secretary, incumbent Sam Strong was reelected, receiving 1,730 votes. Opponent Tim Sumner received 1,694 votes.

Vernelle Lussier won the race for tribal treasurer against Martina Beaulieu in a 2,355 to 1,129 vote. Current treasurer Annette Johnson did not run for reelection.

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All four district elections will move to runoff elections in July.

In the race for Little Rock representative, out of five candidates, incumbent Adrian Beaulieu led with 41.07% of the vote, followed by Harlow Spears with 29.04%.

Four people ran for Ponemah representative, and Randall Kingbird and Eugene Standing Cloud will move on to the runoff election with 35.38% and 31.02% of the vote, respectively.

The race for Red Lake representative had 14 candidates. Incumbent Donald Good Sr., with 17.65% of the vote, and Robert Lee May, with 20.92% of the vote, will face each other in the runoff election.

In the race for Redby representative, out of seven candidates, Herman Donnell, with 28.84% of the vote, and Harold Graves Jr., with 20.88% of the vote, will move on to the runoff election.

The official election results will be certified by the Red Lake Tribal Council at its next meeting in June. Once results are certified, the Tribal Council will set the date for the runoff election in July.

Related Topics: RED LAKE NATION
Ingrid Harbo joined the Grand Forks Herald in September 2021.

Harbo covers Grand Forks region news, and also writes about business in Grand Forks and the surrounding area.

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