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Red Lake Nation sets May 18 election date

Red Lake Nation Chairman Darrell Seki, Sr. recently announced a notice of election for Wednesday, May 18, to elect three Red Lake officers at-large and four district representatives for four-year terms on the tribal council.

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RED LAKE — Red Lake Nation Chairman Darrell Seki, Sr. recently announced a notice of election for Wednesday, May 18, to elect three Red Lake officers at-large and four district representatives for four-year terms on the tribal council.

To be held by secret ballot, Red Lake members will elect a chairman, secretary and treasurer along with four representatives — one each from the Ponemah, Redby, Red Lake and Little Rock Districts.

Polls will be open between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. at the Ponemah, Redby, Red Lake and Little Rock Community Centers. In-person voting will observe social distancing and enhanced cleaning procedures at each polling place.

Curbside voting will also be offered and absentee voting is encouraged as a preferred voting method. Absentee ballots must be received on or before election day.

Members of an Absentee Ballot Committee will be available at additional polling locations from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, May 16, at the Red Lake Embassy in Minneapolis, Red Lake Urban Office in Duluth and Oshkiimaajitahdah Office in Bemidji.

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Where there are two or more candidates for any office, a candidate must win a majority of votes to be elected. If no candidate achieves the required majority, a run-off election between the candidates with the two highest vote totals will be conducted.

In the event there is a need for a run-off election, such an election will be held within 60 days with the run-off date being set by the council.

Candidates must file their notice of candidacy with the tribal secretary between Feb. 2 and 4 p.m. on Feb. 16.

The notice must include the candidate's name, age, residence, voting district and certification that they have never been convicted or currently under indictment of a criminal felony offense. They also shouldn’t have been removed for any reason from the Tribal Council.

The eligibility of candidates will be certified by the council at least 60 days before the election date.

A candidate filing for a council officer position will pay a filing fee of $150, while a district representative candidate will pay $75.

Incumbents include Darrell Seki, Sr., Chairman; Samuel Strong, Secretary; Annette Johnson, Treasurer; Julius "Toady" Thunder, Redby District Representative; Donald Good, Sr., Red Lake District Representative and Adrian Beaulieu, Little Rock District Representative. There is no incumbent for the Ponemah District.

More information can be found on the Red Lake Nation website .

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