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Tribal primary preliminary results given


All incumbents made it into the general election in the Colville Tribes’ primary poll vote held last Saturday. Now they will have to wait until absentee ballots are counted on Thursday to see if the numbers hold up for them.

In Nespelem’s District Position 1 race, incumbent Ricky Gabriel received the highest number of votes with 60, followed by former councilman Brian Nissen with 56; Harvey Moses, Jr., with 38; Deb Louie with 34; Jon Batten with 29; and Marietta “Etta” Grunlose with 24.

Nespelem’s Position 2 saw incumbent Andrew C. Joseph, Jr., with 93 votes; Sheilah Cleveland with 74; Charlene Bearcub with 59 and Zekkethal “Val” Vargas-Thomas with 13.

There was no primary in Inchelium District Position 1, since only two people filed. Incumbent Stevie Seymour will face Bessie Nugent.

In Inchelium Position 2, Elizabeth “Susie” Allen was the top voter getter with 58 votes, out doing incumbent Allen Hammond, who got 36 votes. Those two will face each other in the June general election if the totals hold up. Others getting votes were Doug Seymour with 29 and Brian S. Seymour with 19.

In the Keller District Position 1, incumbent Jack W. Ferguson got 57 votes, with John F. Stensgar getting 17 and Connie M. Davisson with 7.

In the Omak District Position 1 contest, incumbent Richard C. Tonasket received 73 votes; Kimberly M. Belgrade received 49; Karen Condon got 26 votes and Shirley K.π Charley had 25.

In Omak’s Position 2 race, incumbent Mel Tonasket had 96 votes, Cherie Moomaw had 44 and Mandy L. Cardon had 32.

The top two in each contest will advance to the general election June 13.

The absentee votes being counted Thursday could change some of the closer races.

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