White Earth, Leech Lake to hold primary elections
April 1 is primary day for voters in White Earth and Leech Lake. White Earth Band of Ojibwe candidates are as follows: -- Chairperson -- Raymond J. Bellcourt, Peter Charette, Patrick W. Scott Sr., Frank Stech Jr., Anthony "Tony" Wadena, Darrell B...
April 1 is primary day for voters in White Earth and Leech Lake.
White Earth Band of Ojibwe candidates are as follows:
-- Chairperson -- Raymond J. Bellcourt, Peter Charette, Patrick W. Scott Sr., Frank Stech Jr., Anthony "Tony" Wadena, Darrell Boone Wadena and Erma J. Vizenor (incumbent).
-- District III Representative -- Junior Basswood, Mike E. Bellanger, Gary Lee Bevins Sr., Kenneth "Gus" Bevins (incumbent), Gordon L. Boswell, Barbara Fabre, Ralph "Bucky" Goodman, Robert F. Howard, Marvin Manypenny, Leonard "Lenny" Potter, Timothy St. Clair and Lucille M. Silk.
Pamela Greene, transit coordinator, said White Earth Public Transit will give free rides to and from polling places Tuesday. Those desiring a ride must call 48 hours in advance to schedule a Dial-A-Ride. The White Earth Public Transit will also provide bus services to the White Earth Polling Station at the Cass Lake Facility Center on the Leech Lake Reservation. To schedule a ride, call 218-983-3283 or 888-845-6787.
Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe candidates are as follows:
-- Chairman -- Glen "Tuffy" Fisher Jr., George J. Goggleye Jr. (incumbent), Arthur "Archie" LaRose, Birdena Lyons, Raymond "Skip" Lyons, David "Chief" Morgan, Uncle Dan White.
-- Secretary-Treasurer: Roger T. Aitken, Michael J. Bongo, Franklin E. Bowstring, Randy G. Finn, Richard Robinson Jr., Tobias A. Shotley, Burton "Luke" Wilson
-- District III Representative: Donald "Mick" Finn (incumbent), Donald J. Headbird, Louise "Weedy" Masten, Julian Francis Molash, Jerry Paul Morgan, Val Pacheco, Samuel "Rocky" Papasodora, Jennie Reyes, Martin "Mutt" Robinson, Eugene "Ribs" Whitebird.
The top two candidates in each position receiving the most votes will move on to the general election on June 10. However, if a candidate receives more than 50 percent of the votes, he or she will be officially elected to that position and will not have to run in the general election June 10.
May 21 is the election date for the Red Lake Band of Chippewa. This election is different from the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, of which Leech Lake and White Earth are members. Anyone who gets 50 percent plus one wins on May 21. If necessary, there will be another election in August, but the date has not yet been set.
The certified list of Red Lake candidates will be available April 21.