Tribal primary election results announced
NEW TOWN – The current chairman of the Three Affiliated Tribes and a former chairman were the top vote-getters in the race for chairman in the Three Affiliated Tribes primary election held on Tuesday.
Incumbent Mark Fox received 990 votes and Tex Hall, a former tribal chairman, received 569 votes. The Tribal Election Board declared Hall and Fox the winners and both will advance to the general election for that office. Others running for that office were Scott Satermo, 473 votes; Carol Good Bear, 165 votes; and Ronald Brugh, 30 votes.
The election board formally certified the official results of the election on Wednesday.
In the race for Parshall representative to the business council, incumbent Mervin Packineau, with 243 votes, was declared elected to that office. Doris Packineau, who was also running for that office, received 57 votes.
According to the tribal Constitution and Bylaws, any candidate receiving a majority of the votes in the primary election is declared elected and does not need to move on to the general election.
In the Four Bears representative race, Edward “Tyke” Danks Jr., with 96 votes, and Robert White, with 89 votes, were the winners. Both will advance to the general election. Others running for that seat were Wendi Wells, 66 votes; Yvette Young Bear, 40 votes; Marcus Levings, 43 votes; and Kevin Finley, 29 votes.
Incumbent Cory Spotted Bear, with 211 votes, was declared the elected representative for the Twin Buttes representative seat. Margaret Pfeifer, who also ran for that office, received 30 votes.
A defeated candidate or 10 qualified tribal voters who wish to contest an election after the results have been formally certified have three days from the date of certification to file a written complaint with the election board.
The election board is comprised of chairperson Cheryle Good Bird and members Noreen Two Crow, Amanda Bracklin, Marc Bluestone Sr., Veronica Serdahl, Holly Felix and Yvonne White Bear.