Jourdain wins re-election at Red Lake
Incumbent Red Lake Nation Chairman Floyd "Buck" Jourdain Jr. won the runoff election Wednesday with 1,724 votes to challenger Judy Roy's 1,663.
The preliminary count, which came in at 10:40 p.m., remains to be certified by the Red Lake General Election Board. The unofficial results give Jourdain 51 percent to Roy's 49 percent.
Roy, currently secretary of the Red Lake Band of Chippewa, was ahead by 83 votes in the on-reservation vote tally. However, Jourdain garnered 596 absentee votes to Roy's 442 to give him the win.
"It was a hard campaign," Jourdain said Wednesday night in a telephone interview. "We worked very hard, both camps, both good candidates. She ran a heck of a campaign. She almost did it."
Jourdain, who has served two years as tribal chairman, said he now will work to bring everyone together in unity.
Roy could not be reached by telephone Wednesday night.
Tribal Treasurer Darrell Seki Sr. was the only candidate in the May 17 general election to win an outright majority. He was sworn in during the June 13 Red Lake Tribal Council meeting.
Other offices in contention during the runoff were secretary and Red Lake, Redby, Ponemah and Little Rock representatives.
In unofficial results, Kathryn "Jody" Beaulieu won the position of secretary by 1,970 votes to Don Cook Sr.'s 1,370, or 59 percent to 41 percent.
Donald "Don Dez" Desjarlait earned 752 votes to Lee Lussier Jr.'s 591, or 56 percent to 44 percent, for the Red Lake representative's seat on the Tribal Council.
Gary L. Nelson Sr. earned 410 votes to Clifford C. Hardy's 197 votes, or 67.5 percent to 32.4 percent, for the Ponemah representative seat.
Tom "Jambi" Westbrook won the Redby representative seat with 464 votes to Julius "Toady" Thunder's 402 votes, 53.5 percent to 46.4 percent.
William "Billy" Greene earned 284 votes to Harlan R. Beaulieu's 254 votes, 53 percent to 47 percent, for the Little Rock representative seat.