Yurok Election Board certifies election results, two positions to require Run-Off Election

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KLAMATH, Ca. (KIEM) – The Yurok Election Board has certified votes cast in their primary election held last week. According to tribal administration, “Joseph L. James was elected as the Yurok Tribe’s new Chairperson. Chairperson-elect James will be sworn in on October 30 at 11am atYurok headquarters. There will be a Run-Off Election on November 7, 2018 for the positions of Vice-Chairperson and Orick District Representative. The Vice-Chairperson candidates are Susan Masten and Frankie Joe Myers. The Orick District candidates include Sherri Provolt and Laura White Woods.” 

More from the Yurok Election Board:

The Yurok Election Board today took formal action on the Primary Election held
October 10, 2018 and issued formal certification of the primary results for all Districts.
The Election Board on October 16, 2018, certified the election of the following people:
CHAIRPERSON
Lavina Brooks 106 (10.14%)
James E. Dunlap 251 (24.02%)
Joseph L. James 532 (50.91%)
Emery W. Mattz, III. 156 (14.93%)

VICE-CHAIRPERSON
Laura A. Borden 138 (13.06%)
Jewel Frank 51 (4.82%)
David L. Gensaw, Sr. (Incumbent) 213 (20.15%)
Susan Masten 250 (23.65%)
Jack Mattz 58 (5.49%)
Frankie Joe Myers 250 (23.65%)
Ryan Ray 97 (9.18%)

ORICK DISTRICT
Wendy Lee Kull 5 (20.83%)
Sherri Provolt 11 (45.83%)
Laura White Woods 8 (33.33%)

Constitutional Amendments:
Referendum #1 Blood Degree Amendment
Did Not Pass YES 503 (49.27%) NO 518 (50.73%)

Referendum #2 Relinquishment Criteria Amendment
Did Not Pass YES 647 (63.49%) NO 372 (36.51%)

Referendum #3 Election Background Check Requirements and Qualifications
Passed YES 841 (82.29%) NO 181 (17.71%)

Referendum #4 Selling Land Outside of Yurok Ancestral Territory & Leasing Land to Tribal
Members & Tribal Entities for a Period Longer Than 20 Years
Did Not Pass YES 424 (42.74%) NO 568 (57.26%)

Referendum #5 Medical Marijuana
YES 607 (59.34%) NO 416 (40.66%)

There was one challenge for the Council position of Chairperson for the Primary Election
that was resolved by the Election Board. There will be a Run-off for Vice-Chairperson and
Orick District Representative. The Vice-Chairperson will be between Susan Masten and
Frankie Joe Myers. The Orick District will be between Sherri Provolt and Laura White
Woods. The Run-off Election is on November 7, 2018.