Cherokee Phoenix to host candidates debates
Former Community Services Group Leader Charlie Soap, far left, answers a question at the Cherokee Phoenix’s principal chief debate in 2015 at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah. On stage with Soap were his opponents, from left to right, former state Rep. Will Fourkiller, Principal Chief Bill John Baker and former Principal Chief Chad Smith. The Cherokee Phoenix will host this year’s debate on April 16 at NSU. WILL CHAVEZ/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Former Tribal Councilor Lee Keener, right, addresses a question while Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden looks on during the Cherokee Phoenix’s deputy chief debate in 2015 at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah. The Cherokee Phoenix will host this year’s debate on April 16 at NSU. ARCHIVE
TAHLEQUAH – The Cherokee Phoenix is hosting two debates – one for deputy chief candidates and one for principal chief candidates – beginning at 6 p.m. on April 16 at Northeastern State University.
The debates will be held in the auditorium of the W. Roger Webb Educational Technology Center.
Doors will open at 5 p.m., and the deputy chief debate will begin at 6 p.m.
This year there are two candidates running for the Cherokee Nation’s deputy chief office: Meredith Frailey, of Locust Grove; and Bryan Warner, of Sallisaw. The winner will replace Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden.
After the deputy chief candidates’ debate and a short intermission, the principal chief candidates’ debate will begin at 7:30 p.m. This year’s principal chief’s race is between Chuck Hoskin Jr., of Vinita; Dick Lay, of Ochelata; and David Walkingstick, of Tahlequah. The winner will replace Principal Chief Bill John Baker.
Dylan Goforth, editor in chief of The Frontier, a nonprofit journalism group in Oklahoma, will moderate the debates. The Cherokee Phoenix staff will formulate all debate questions, and no candidate will have prior access to the questions.
Seating in the auditorium will be first-come, first-serve. The debate will also be streamed live on the at www.cherokeephoenix.org and Rogers State University TV at https://rsu.tv.
The Cherokee Phoenix has previously hosted three similar debates in 2007, 2011 and 2015.