Marquez, Huey and Jackson win YAN General Election
Cora-Lei Marquez, Jon Huey and Robert Jackson Sr. officially join the nine-member Yavapai-Apache Tribal Council as the three candidates with the most votes after the tribal wide elections held on Sept. 20. Each candidate was elected to serve a three-year term.
Re-elected to the Tribal Council was Cora-Lei Marquez, who received the most votes in the election with 100 votes. Marquez is currently employed with the Yavapai-Apache Nation as the W.I.C. coordinator and will be serving her second term on the Tribal Council after winning the Special Election in 2007 to fill a single vacancy.
Marquez said, "It is an honor to be here before you. There will be tough decisions ahead, but as a leader I rely on my community for support and strength."
Huey was re-elected to the Tribal Council with 98 votes. Huey stated, "It has been hard getting to where I am at. I have not yet reached my potential, and I am excited to continue my service on the Council."
Huey is currently employed with the Yavapai-Apache Police Department and will be serving his second consecutive term on the Tribal Council. Huey recently completed his first term on the Tribal Council, after being elected in 2005 for a three-year term.
Winning the third vacant seat, Jackson had 95 votes. Jackson is a former member of the Cliff Castle Casino Board of Director's and the former chairman of the Nation's CDFI Board of Directors. "I am not here to make drastic changes. I am here to represent the people and continue to do good work on the Tribal Council," stated Jackson.
Trailing Jackson was Vincent Randall with 86 votes, Steven Doungeva with 76 votes, Frederick Sanchez with 68 votes, Buddy Rocha Sr. with 65 votes, Dave Kinsey Jr. with 64 votes, Harry Hood with 45 votes, Leimomi Montijo with 44 votes, Donna Nightpipe with 39 votes, David Lewis with 38 votes, Dennis Sine with 38 votes and Marlene Joshua with 33 votes.
The Yavapai-Apache Nation is governed by three separate branches of government including the Executive branch, Legislative branch and the Judicial branch. The Executive branch is comprised of the Chairman and Vice Chairman. Each position is elected by the tribal membership to serve a three-year term. The Chairman and Vice Chairman, are not only part of the Tribal Council, but are also responsible for having direct oversight of the Nation's departments, programs and staff. The Legislative branch is comprised of the Tribal Council. The Tribal Council is elected by the tribal membership and consists of the Chairman, Vice Chairman and seven Tribal Council members. Council members serve staggered terms. The Legislative branch is responsible for developing laws, codes and ordinances and representing the Nation while directly working for the betterment of the tribal people and the community.
Vice Chairman Norman Smith said, "I want to congratulate the winners of the General Election. This is a critical time for the Yavapai-Apache Nation and our people. I am confident that the new council members and returning council members will have a strong commitment to the needs and the people of this great Nation. As we face more and more challenges as a government, it is important to have leaders that bring experience and diversity to the council. I look forward to working with each member of the Tribal Council."
The Yavapai-Apache Nation currently has 1,322 eligible voters, registered with the Yavapai-Apache Nation Election Board. There were 326 voters participating in the General Election. The Election Board held its swearing-in ceremony on Oct. 2 in the Yavapai-Apache Nation Tribal Council Chambers.