UPDATED: Legg wins Dist. 6 Tribal Council seat
TAHLEQUAH – In the June 1 general election, Daryl Legg, of Sallisaw, won the Dist. 6 Tribal Council seat by getting 56.71 percent of the votes over opponents Gary Trad Lattimore and Ron Goff, according to unofficial results.
Unofficial results determined Legg received 794 votes, Lattimore received 466 votes and Goff received 140 votes overall, including challenged ballots.
Bryan Warner, who is the deputy chief-elect, currently occupies the Dist. 6 seat. Dist. 6 covers the eastern part of Sequoyah County.
Legg said he decided to run for council after being employed by Cherokee Nation’s Career Services for more than 12 years and helping CN citizens “remove barriers to employment and becoming self-sufficient,” according to a Cherokee Phoenix questionnaire.
He said one of the greatest needs in Dist. 6 is job creation.
“Through my work as director of Vocational Programs, and more recently as director of Economic Development at Cherokee Nation, I have helped to bring quality jobs to the (Cherokee) Nation. I know our communities need access to education, workforce readiness and career opportunities in order to succeed,” Legg wrote on his Facebook campaign page.
Legg said his experience working with the CN gives him an advantage when it comes to helping citizens with services.
“When our citizens call a tribal council member its usually because they are in dire need of services. My experience with the (Cherokee Nation) gives me an advantage because I have learned how to fill certain gaps between programs to get the services delivered,” he said in the Cherokee Phoenix questionnaire.
All results are unofficial until certified by the EC.
For all the June 1 races, recount requests must be received by June 5, and any recount must be completed by June 7. The deadline for appeals is June 10. Requests for absentee ballots in runoff races must be received by June 17. Absentee ballots will be mailed June 24-25. Walk-in or early absentee voting will be offered at the CNEC office on July 20 and 23-25. Runoff elections are July 27.