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Red Lake Nation keeps Seki as chairman

RED LAKE, Minn. -- Red Lake Nation Tribal Chairman Darrell Seki Sr. secured a second term Wednesday, July 18, according to preliminary election results.

Seki’s 234-vote victory over opponent and former chairman Floyd “Buck” Jourdain is a reversal of the primary election results. In the May 17 primary, Jourdain defeated Seki with 45.84 percent of the votes to Seki’s 39.99 percent.

Jourdain served as chairman from 2004-14 before he was ousted by Seki.

Incumbent treasurer Annette Johnson defeated opponent Chad Prentice with 53.74 percent of the vote, attaining a second term.

Secretary candidate Sam Strong received 52.17 percent of the vote, defeating opponent Darwin Sumner.

Michelle Cobenais defeated opponent William Greene with 63.99 percent of the vote, and will finish out a two-year term as Little Rock representative following the death of Richard Barrett Sr.

Red Lake representative candidate Donald Good Sr. secured 60.16 percent of the vote, beating opponent David Desjarlait.

And Redby representative incumbent candidate Julius “Toady” Thunder gained another term, defeating opponent Thomas Westbrook with 44.18 percent of the vote.

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