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Cherokee election filing ends

Following the conclusion of candidate filing for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians' 2019 election season, below is the list of people who will be running for tribal office this year: 

Principal Chief

  • Teresa McCoy
  • Richard Sneed
  • Carroll “Peanut” Crowe
  • Gary R. Ledford
  • Phillip Ellington
  • Mary “Missy” Crowe

Vice Chief

  • Alan “B” Ensley
  • Frank Pete Taylor
  • Ben Parker
  • Jim Owle
  • Albert Martin
  • Anita Welch Lossiah
  • James Bud Smith
  • Terri Henry

Snowbird/Cherokee County Tribal Council

  • Adam Wachacha
  • Janell Rattler
  • Bucky Brown
  • Sherry Smoker

Birdtown Tribal Council

  • Albert Rose
  • Boyd Owle
  • Ashley Sessions
  • Nelson Lambert
  • Curtis Wildcatt
  • Alyne Stamper

Painttown Tribal Council

  • Tommye Saunooke
  • Dike Sneed
  • Lisa Taylor
  • Cherie Bird Rose
  • Pamela Sneed

Big Y/Wolfetown Tribal Council

  • Bo Crowe
  • Bill Taylor
  • Tony Cabe
  • Jess “Fonzie” Sneed
  • Jeremy Wilson
  • Paula “Cricket” Brown Wojtkowski
  • Sam “Frell” Reed
  • Chelsea Saunooke
  • Nathanial “Bunsey” Crowe
  • James David Jumper

Yellowhill Tribal Council

  • Tom Wahnetah
  • David T. Wolfe
  • Rose Shell-Maney
  • Tawania Ensley
  • Stephanie Saunooke French

Big Cove Tribal Council

  • Fred Penick
  • Richard French
  • Renee Long Cole
  • Perry Shell
  • Walter French

Painttown School Board

  • Regina Ledford Rosario
  • Charlotte Ann Saunooke

Big Y School Board

  • Sharon E. Bradley
  • Tara Reed-Cooper

Yellowhill School Board

  • Jennifer Thompson
  • Teresa Jumper Santa Maria

The list is still unofficial at this point, with the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Board of Elections still needing to complete background checks and certify that candidates meet legal requirements to run. The Primary Election will be held Thursday, June 6, and the General Election will be Thursday, Sept. 5.

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