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Tribal primary winnows candidates from 33 to 14


The votes are in for the primary election for seven of the 14 positions on the Colville Business Council, the main governing body of the Colville Tribes, with 13 candidates seeking office in the Nespelem District alone.

All the incumbents survived the primary.

The primary narrows the number of candidates for each position down to two who will face off in the general election June 22.

The Nespelem District Position 1 race was led by incumbent and current CBC chair Rodney Cawston (324) and Charlene Bearcub (157).

Eliminated from that race are Angelena Campobasso (96), Jody George (58), and Jonnie Bray (78).

The Nespelem District Position 2 race was won by Jarred Michael Erickson (219) and incumbent Andy Joseph Jr (172).

Eliminated from that race are Deidre Ellsworth (49), Harvey Moses Jr. (73), Justin Boyd (96), Lois Trevino (51), Sheilah Cleveland (44), and William Marchand (20).

For Keller District Position 1, incumbent Jack Ferguson received 116 votes, followed by Edward Cohen with 60 votes. Eliminated from that race are Kenneth Bray II (21) and Robert Tonasket (18).

For Inchelium District Position 1, incumbent Joel Boyd and Larry Allen received the most votes, with 220 and 144 respectively.

Eliminated from that race are Johannah Mason (42), and Kimsqualhine Joe Baulne (26).

For Inchelium District Position 2, the most votes went to incumbent Susie Allen (186) and Roger Finley (158).

Eliminated from that race is Jonathan Simpson (89).

In the Omak District, Position 1 incumbent Norma Sanchez prevailed (344) with Michael Marchand (131). They beat out Michael Fry (33) and Shirley Charley (71).

Position 2 in the Omak District was won by incumbent Karen Condon (222) and Edwin Marchand (123), beating out Ernie Williams (107), Preston Boyd (40), and Russell Boyd (92).

The winners of the general election will serve two-year terms before coming up for reelection.

Seven of the 14 council positions come up for reelection each year.

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