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Fri, Dec. 06

Russell, Sanchez win top jobs in Yavapai-Apache election

Close only matters in horseshoes, as they say, and it's a good thing.

In Saturday's Yavapai-Apache Tribal Council election, Aaron Russell edged out his incumbent chairman Vincent Randall by a 199-124 margin. The vote margin for the vice-chair position was even closer.

Incumbent Vice-Chairman Fred Sanchez was, according to one source at the Yavapai-Apache administration office, behind challenger Maureen Romero by "eight votes, until we counted the out-of-town ballots." The final tally? Sanchez, 159 — Romero, 155.

After repeated phone calls, Russell and Sanchez were unavailable for comment on their victories.

Also decided at Saturday's election was the fate of two available council seats. Lorna Hazelwood secured a three-year term with 141 votes, while runner-up Sylvia Wilson will take over the remaining seat with 111 votes. Wilson's term will be for one year as she is replacing resigned council member Maureen Romero.

Romero resigned in order to run for vice chair in the election.

The newly elected officials will be sworn in Oct. 4.

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