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Tribal primary draws 28 candidates


Colville Tribal members go to the polls Saturday to vote on 28 contenders for positions on the Colville Business Council. The primary vote will reduce candidates for each contended office to two who will face off in the general election in June.

Poll voting will begin at 8 a.m.

Certification of poll voting will be held at 10 a.m., on May 9. Absentee ballots will be certified May 12.

Twenty-eight contenders have filed for seven positions in the tribal council.

Six of seven incumbents have filed for re-election.

Councilmember Nancy Johnson, who now holds the Position 2 seat in the Nespelem District, did not file for re-election.

For that wide-open Nespelem District Position 2, five candidates have filed: Charlene E. Bearcub, Cory Christman, Sheilah Cleveland, Joaquin J. Marchand and Brian Nissen.

In the Nespelem District Position 1 race, three candidates have filed for the seat held by incumbent William “Billy” Nicholson II. They are Amelia AM (Moses) Marchand, Clarita A. Vargas and Willie Womer.

In the Keller District, Billie Jo Bray and Kelly Jerred are challenging incumbent Joseph L. Somday.

For Inchelium District Position 1, three contenders have filed for the seat held by incumbent Jim Boyd, the current chair. Challenging Boyd are Sarah J. Finley, Douglas J. Seymour and Georgia Simpson.

Marvin Kheel, incumbent in Inchelium District position 2, is being challenged by Larry K. Allen, James Esquivel, Stevey Seymour and Cary L. Rosenbaum Sr.

In the Omak District, Gene Allen and Darlene Burke are challenging incumbent Edwin L. Marchand for the Position 1 seat. Richard Allen, Karen Condon and Anne Marchand are challenging incumbent Michael E. Marchand for Position 2.

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