A nomination meeting was held at the Community Building on Monday, February 8 for candidates to run for the vacant seat on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Tribal Council for District I (Salt River). About 55 Community members attended. Some were there to nominate people they felt would be good candidates for the position, while others came to show their support.
The vacancy is due to a recent decision by Council to remove Anthony Collins, Sr. from office. The person elected will serve out the remainder of Collins’ term, until 2012.
Nominated to fill the vacancy were Anthony Collins, Sr., Zoar Waubanascum-Fulwilder, Rema Juste-“Serena” , Michael John Landis, Rito Lopez, Delbert Ray, Sr. and Leonard Rivers. Collins and Ray withdrew their names from contention.
According to the SRPMIC Constitution, any candidate must be an enrolled member of the SRPMIC, must have physically resided on the Community for at least one year and in District I (Salt River) for at least six months immediately preceding the election date, and must be at least 25 years old.
The Election Board certified the candidates on February 13 and 15. Candidate names will appear on the ballot as it appears on the SRPMIC enrollment list.
The election will take place on Tuesday, February 23. Voting is from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Salt River Community Building. Only District I (Salt River) residents are eligible to vote in this special election. Tribal identification is required.
See candidate biographies on pages 4 and 5.