Thu, Nov. 14

Y-A Nation holds council election Saturday

Sept. 21 is the council election at the Yavapai-Apache Nation.

There are 12 candidates vying for just three seats. According to officials, Councilwoman Darlene Rubio's term limits are up and two incumbents' are ending first terms. Both Ted Smith, Sr., and Lottie Sylvia Wilson are seeking re-election.

Council members are limited to serving only two consecutive terms, explained election official Libby Johnson. They must sit out one year before running again, she added.

Each open seat is for a three-year term.

Y-A Nation council elections are held the third Saturday in September. This year's election is Sept. 21, from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Candidates are:

• Thomas Beauty (Yavapai-Apache Tourism, recently appointed to Camp Verde Chamber of Commerce)

• Billy Garner

• Stanley Jackson (Tribal Gaming Board chairman)

• David Kwail (former councilman/chair)

• Donna Nightpipe

• Everette Randall

• Maureen Romero (former council member)

• Theodore Smith, Sr. (incumbent)

• Celestina Valles

• Jerry Whagado (Tribal Gaming Board)

• Lottie Sylvia Wilson (incumbent)

• Jane Winiecki

There are three polling sites, two in the Camp Verde and one in Clarkdale — on at the Middle Verde Social Services Building, another at the Clarkdale Senior Citizens Building and a third at the Camp Verde Food Bank Building (old WIA building).

The current nine-member council consists of: Chairman Aaron Russell, Vice Chair Fred Sanchez, Norman Smith, Ted Smith, Sr., Buddy Rocha, Sr., Lottie Sylvia Wilson, Darlene Rubio, Lorna Hazelwood and Harry Hood.

Johnson said that the newly elected council members will be sworn in Oct. 3.

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