Election board extends second deadline for vacant chapter, school board seats
By Noel Lyn Smith
WINDOW ROCK, September 14, 2012
T he Navajo Board of Election Supervisors once again have extended the filing period for positions that have no candidates for this year's chapter office and school board elections.
The election board voted 7-0 to extend the filling period starting Sept. 14 at 8 a.m. and ending Sept. 20 at 5 p.m.
There are 71 elective positions without candidates.
Individuals who file candidacy papers during the Sept. 14-20 extension period will have their names automatically listed on the Nov. 6 general election ballot.
At the general election, the candidate who filed during this extension and receives the highest number of votes shall be deemed elected, according to the election board resolution.
Under tribal law, the election board has the authority to extend filing deadlines if no candidates have filed for the positions.
The election board approved the extension based on recommendations from the Navajo Election Administration.
The following chapter offices have no candidates:
Chilchinbeto (secretary/treasurer); Hardrock (secretary/treasurer); Huerfano (vice president); Navajo Mountain (secretary/treasurer); Nenahnezad (secretary/treasurer); Round Rock (secretary/treasurer); Smith Lake (vice president); and Ts'ah bii Kin (secretary/treasurer).
Additional open positions at the chapter level are: Bodaway-Gap/Cameron/Coalmine Mesa/To Nanees Dizi (farm board); Dennehotso (grazing committee, farm board); Ganado (farm board); Jeddito (grazing committee); Kayenta (grazing committee, farm board); LeChee (grazing committee) Low Mountain (grazing committee); Many Farms (farm board); Mexican Water (grazing committee); Nenahnezad (farm board); Ramah (land board); Red Mesa (grazing committee); Red Valley/Cove (Farm Board); Round Rock (grazing committee); and Tohatchi (Red Willow Farm Board).
Openings on school boards include:
Aneth (Aneth Community School); Beclabito/Red Mesa/Teec Nos Pos/Tolikan (Kinteel Residential Campus Inc.); Casamero Lake/Smith Lake (Baca/Dlo'ay Azhe Community School); Chilchinbeto (Chilchinbeto Community School); Counselor (Ojo Encino Day School); Cove (Cove Day School); Coyote Canyon (Tse'ii ahi' Community School); Dennehotso (Dennehotso Boarding School); Dilcon (Seba Dalkai Boarding School);
Fort Defiance (Ch'chiltah/Jones Ranch School); Gadii'ahi-Tokoi (Beclabito Day School); Hardrock (Rocky Ridge Boarding School); Lake Valley (Lake Valley Navajo School); Low Mountain (Jeehdeez'a Elementary School); Nageezi (Hanna'dli Community School/Dormitory Board); Nenahnezad/Shiprock (Dzith-Na-O-Dith-Hle Community School); Oak Springs (Hunters Point Community School); Ojo Encino (Ojo Encino Day School);
Pueblo Pintado (Pueblo Pintado Community School); Red Mesa (Aneth Community School); Red Valley (Cove Day School); Rock Point (TseNitsaaDeez'ahi Dine Bi'Olta); Shiprock (T'iisNazbas Community School); Shiprock/Tse Alnaozt'i'i (Nenahnezad Community School); Smith Lake (Mariano Lake Community School); Thoreau (Baca/Dlo'ay Azhe Community School); To Nanees Dizi Local Government (Tuba City Boarding School); Toadlena/Two Grey Hills (Tohaali Community School); Torreon (Ojo Encino Day School, Pueblo Pintado Community School); Tse Alnaozt'i'i (Tohaali Community School); Tse Lichii (Breadsprings Day School); Whippoorwill (Jeehdeez'a Elementary School); and Whitehorse Lake (Pueblo Pintado Community School).