Tribal voters will narrow the field

Primary election set for Saturday; final is in June

— Colville tribal voters will narrow the field of candidates for election to the Colville Business Council during a primary Saturday.

The polls are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Polling places are the Inchelium Longhouse, 9 Hornet Lane; Keller Community Center, 11664 state Highway 21; Nespelem Community Center, 4000 Lower Columbia River Road, and the Omak Senior Meal Site, 511 Benton St.

Members also can vote by absentee ballot, which must be prearranged through the tribe.

Candidates are:

Inchelium position No. 2 – Incumbent Michael O. Finley, Marlin R. Simpson, Yvonne L. Swan, Pat Laramie-Brooks and Marvin Joseph Kheel.

Nespelem position No. 1 – Incumbent William “Billy” Nicholson II, Amelia (Moses) Marchand and Shawnee N. BearCub.

Nespelem position No. 2 – Incumbent Nancy Johnson, Harvey Moses Jr., Brian J. Nissen and Charlene BearCub.

Omak, position No. 1 — Edwin Marchand, Kate Sanchez, James A. McCuen, Shirley K. Charley and John E. Gorr.

Omak position No. 2 — Michael Marchand, Darlene J. Burke, Stuart J. Sellars, Launa L. Squetimkin and Duane Hall Sr.

Poll votes will be certified May 5, with absentee ballots and the combined returns certified May 8.

Because they attracted just two candidates each, Inchelium District position No. 1 and Keller District position No. 1 have no primaries.

Inchelium candidates are incumbent Jim Boyd and Gerald R. “Jerry” Signor; Keller candidates are incumbent Joseph L. Somday and Darlene Zacherle.

The general election will be June 14, with the oath of office scheduled for July 10.


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