- Lani Hansen
Girty, Wacoche in Dec. runoff for Tahlequah District
BY BRITTNEY BENNETT
TAHLEQUAH - The United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians Election Board has announced there will be a Dec. 3 runoff election for the Tahlequah District between Mary Girty and Jeff Wacoche.
Unofficial election results from Nov. 5’s Tahlequah midterms showed that Girty received 69 votes and 35.94 percent of the vote, followed by Wacoche with 67 votes and 34.90 percent of the vote. Teresa Webber received 41 votes for 21.35 percent of the vote and Donald Adair rounded out the four candidates with 15 votes and 7.81 percent of the vote.
The results were expected to be officially certified on Tuesday, Nov. 6.
Per the UKB Election Ordinance Section 301 (B)(1), “if no candidate receives the majority of the votes, the two (2) candidates with the highest number of votes cast in the Regular Election will advance to the run-off election.”
Voting will take place on Dec. 3 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The winner of the runoff election will be sworn into office during the regular monthly tribal council meeting to be held the first Saturday in January 2019.
The Giduwa Cherokee News will be reaching out to Girty and Wacoche for further comment and this story will be updated as information is available.