Two candidates are challenging George Wickliffe for the United Keetoowah Band chief’s post, according to an unofficial list released Wednesday by the tribe.
Dallas Proctor and Donna McIntosh Shockley filed to run for chief, joining 28 other tribal members – including Wickliffe – who threw their hats into the ring for positions before filings closed Tuesday at 6 p.m.
This year’s election is for the four officer positions, which hold four-year terms, and the nine district representative positions, with two-year terms.
Assistant Chief Charles Locust has two challengers, Joe Bunch and Woodrow Proctor. Secretary Joyce Hawk will face Carl Hornet and Kristene Scraper, while Treasurer Ella Mae Worley drew one opponent, Vanessa Hansen.
In the Tahlequah District, incumbent Betty Holcomb will have three opponents: Jerry Henson, Perry Proctor and James Reese. For the Sequoyah District, incumbent Barry Dotson is facing Junior Levi Catron.
In the Cooweescoowee District, incumbent Clifford Wofford will face Josiah Thorne. For Flint District, incumbent Tom Duncan drew four opponents: Beverly Leach, Arthur Ross, Wiki “Joe” Squirrel, and Frankie Still. For Saline District, incumbent Charles Smoke will square off against Adalene Smith.
Four Incumbent representatives did not draw opponents. Eddie Sacks, Canadian district; Jerry Hansen, Delaware district; William “Willie” Christie, Goingsnake district; and Peggy Girty, Illinois district, will retain their seats on the tribal council.
The candidate list will remain unofficial until the UKB Election Board verifies the candidates for eligibility.
Tribal members will go to the polls Nov. 5.
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