Incumbents sweep in Tribal Council election

The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community has released the unofficial results for the general election held on Dec. 16.

The election was for the KBIC Tribal Council, which is comprised of 12 members who are elected to serve three-year terms. A third of the council is up for election each year.

This year, the incumbents received the most votes and remained on the council.

According to the unofficial results released by KBIC’s L’Anse District, Randy Haataja and Toni Minton received 236 and 218 votes respectively. Representatives for Baraga District Doreen Blaker and Robert “RD” Curtis received 242 and 205 votes.

The general election was expected to have a higher voter turnout than the 48 percent turnout from the primary election in November, and there was a significant increase in votes for each candidate.

According to Diana Chaudier, KBIC enrollment and licensing coordinator, 57 percent of the registered voters cast ballots at the general election, 410 of the 721 registered voters.

The Tribal Council will approve the results at its general meeting on Jan. 6, said Chaudier.

The incumbents are excited to continue to serve their community. Some of them took their acceptances and thank yous to the KBIC’s Facebook page:

•Doreen Blaker: “Chi miigwetch for your support KBIC, it is an honor and privilege to serve our community.”

•Toni Minton: “Megwetch KBIC! I appreciate your support and will do my best to represent and serve you.”

•Randy Haataja: “Thank you KBIC for your continued support. It is an honor to serve you. We will continue to move forward for this great community!”