Two lose office in tribal primary
Two Colville Business Council incumbents lost out in their bids for another term in the primary election certified last week.
Losing in the primary were Brian Nissen, in position 1 in the Nespelem District and Darlene Zacherlie in the position 1 race in the Keller District.
Nissen came in third in the vote tally with 112 votes, trailing Deb Louie (155) and Ricky Gabriel (117). Louie and Gabriel will face off in the June 15 general election.
Others in that race and their votes were Randy Laramie (43), Joaquin Marchand (89) and Tum-chis-li-wit Mylan Williams, Sr. (16).
In the Keller District position 1 race, where Zacherie got ousted, Jack W. Ferguson with 52 votes will face John F. Stensgar (48) in the general election. Incumbent Zacherlie received 46 votes. Others running and their vote totals were Leroy Jerred (6) and Sylvia Tatshama Peasley (18).
Stevey Seymour, with 87 votes, and David T. Madera (83) run against each other in the Inchelium position 1 race. Doug Seymour received 68 votes. There was no incumbent running.
In the Omak District position 1 race, incumbent Ernest “Sneena” Brooks topped the vote count with 149 and will face off in the general election against challenger Shirley K. Charley who had 113 votes. Others in that race were Karen Condon (52), Stuart Sellars (44) and Ricard Tupling (107).
In Nespelem District position 2, incumbent Andrew C. Joseph, Jr., overwhelmed the field with 213 votes and will face Enid T. Wipple who garnered 103 votes. Others in the race were Charlene Bearcub (101), Jonnie L. Bray (57) and John St. Pierre (59).
In Omak District position 2, incumbent Benny Marchand Jr., who was second in the vote count with 183 votes, will face off against Michael E. Marchand who had 197 votes. Others in that race were Anne “Muffin” Marchand (50) and Luana L. Squetimkin (38).
There was no primary election for position 2 in the Inchelium District.
The Colville Tribal Business Council is made up of 14 members, with seven up for election each year.