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Tribal voters choose candidates in primary


All of the incumbents who filed for re-election in the Colville Tribal Business Council primary election last week made it into the general election, scheduled for June 17.

Only one councilmember up for election, Nancy Johnson, for the Nespelem District Position 2 seat, did not file.

The top vote getters for that seat — Sheliah Cleveland with 177 votes, and Brian Nissen, a three-time former council member with 164 votes — will make it into the June general election. Others in that race were Charlene E. Bearcub, 151 votes; Cory Christman, 114 votes; and Joaquin J. Marchand, 111 votes.

In Nespelem District Position 1, William “Billy” Nicholson II, gained 272 votes and will face challenger Willie Womer, who received 250 votes. Others in that race were Amelia AM (Moses) Marchand, 158 votes, and Clarita A. Vargas, who received 40 votes.

In Inchelium District Position 2, incumbent Marvin Kheel got 158 votes and will face Larry K. Allen, who received 149 votes, in the general election. Others in that race were James Esquivel, with 12 votes, Cary L. Rosenbaum Sr., 73 votes, and Stevey Seymour with 74 votes.

In the Inchelium District Position 1 race, incumbent Jim Boyd, who received 148 votes, will meet George Simpson, who got 142 votes, in the general election. Others in that race were Sarah J. Finley with 125 votes and Douglas Seymour with 55 votes.

In the Keller District Position 1 race, Joseph L. Somday received 107 votes and will square off against Billie Jo Bray, who had 37 votes. Kelly Jarred, also in the race, attracted 28 votes.

In Omak District Position 1, incumbent Edwin L. Marchand, with 297 votes, will face Darlene “Dar” Burke, who had 141 votes. Gene Allen got 95 votes.

In the Omak District 2 race, Michael E Marchand got 217 votes and will face Karen Condon, who received 138 votes. Others in the race include Richard Allen with 95 votes, and Anne Marchand with 85 votes.

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