Candidates announced for tribal elections
With less than two months to go before the Primary Election Thursday, June 4, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Board of Elections has released its list of candidates certified to run in the 2021 elections for Tribal Council and School Board.
The filing period for tribal elections ended on March 5, but the EBCI did not release the candidate list until today, April 15, which is the deadline enshrined in tribal law for that list’s official publication in The Cherokee One Feather. The list includes all candidates certified as eligible to run for election, but no list of prospective candidates was made public prior to certification. The list is reprinted below as it appears on The One Feather site, as requests to tribal officials requesting that a list be provided directly to The Smoky Mountain News were not immediately returned.
All 12 Tribal Council seats — two for each township — are up for election, as well as school board seats representing Wolfetown, Birdtown and Big Cove. There will be one open seat on each board. On Tribal Council, Big Cove Representative Perry Shell will not run for re-election, and on the school board, Representative Gloria Griffin is not seeking re-election.
Tribal Council seats with more than four candidates will be on the ballot in June, with voters selecting their top two candidates. This year, there will not be Primary Elections for Tribal Council seats representing Big Cove, Painttown or Cherokee County/Snowbird.
Gilbert Crowe Jr.
Gloria “Punkin” Griffin
Chelsea Taylor Saunooke
Sam “Frell” Reed
T.W. Price Saunooke
Stephanie Saunooke French
Elvia Walkingstick (Write-in candidate)
William A. “Billy” Brown
Isaac “Ike” Long