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Colville Business Council Will See New Members

Jun 30, 2017

On Thursday, the Colville Tribal Elections Committee released the official results from this year’s General Election.  Three incumbents retained their seats, while the other four positions will now be held by new Council members.

In the Omak District Position #1, challenger Norma Sanchez defeated incumbent Richard Tonasket 421-194.  In the race for Omak District Position #2, incumbent Mel Tonasket did not seek re-election this year.  That position was won by Melissa Louis, who beat out her opponent by 11 votes.  Louis received 312 votes to Russell Boyd’s 301 votes.

In the Nespelem District Position #1, incumbent Ricky Gabriel was on the ballot, however the council had expelled Gabriel earlier this month.  In that race, Rodney Cawston handily won with 392 votes to Gabriel’s 285.

In the Nespelem District Position #2, incumbent Andrew Joseph, Jr. fended off a challenge from Charlene Bearcub, winning 375 to 305.

In the Inchelium District Position #1, Joel Boyd defeated Allen Hammond 353 to 124.  No incumbent was on the ballot for Position #1.

In the Inchelium District Position #2, Incumbent Elizabeth “Susie” Allen held on to her seat, defeating Marvin Kheel 252 to 228 votes.

In the Keller District Position #1, Incumbent Jack Ferguson also held on to his seat, out-polling challenger John Stensgar 127 to 78.

The newly elected council members will be sworn in on July 13th.




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