UPDATED: Lay, Patzkowski in runoff for Dist. 12 seat

BY D. SEAN ROWLEY
Senior Reporter
06/02/2019 03:45 AM
Main Cherokee Phoenix
Dora L. Smith Patzkowski
Main Cherokee Phoenix
Phyllis Lay
TAHLEQUAH – Four candidates were seeking the Dist. 12 tribal council seat held by Dick Lay, who will term out on Aug. 14 and was running for the office of principal chief.

Emerging from the field were Dora L. Smith Patzkowski, who received 215 votes or 32.92 percent, and Phyllis Lay, wife of Dick Lay, who got 197 votes, or 30.17 percent. Those tallies include the challenged ballots from within the district.

Patzkowski expressed a degree of astonishment at the results of the balloting.

“I really am surprised, and I really didn’t expect this,” she said. “I am looking forward to the runoff. I appreciate the support of the voters, and would certainly appreciate it again. I will definitely need it again.”

Phyllis Lay said she appreciates her family, friends and supports.

“I would like to say thank you to my family, to friends and to supporters. They have all been great and I appreciate their support in my getting to a runoff race for District 12,” she said. “So many great things have taken place for Cherokee citizens in District 12 in recent years, and I would like to continue the opportunity of building Cherokee involvement in our communities, working with youth and elders and increasing the overall health of citizens and our district. I appreciate the opportunity to run for office and to serve the Cherokee citizens. I will continue a campaign that is accountable and transparent.”

The other candidates polled well enough to earn double-digit percentages of the balloting. Todd M. Branstetter finished with 150 votes and 22.97 percent, while Don Scott received 91 votes, or 13.94 percent.

Runoff elections are July 27. 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 Election Commission Office on July 20 and 23-25.
About the Author
Sean Rowley was hired by the Cherokee Phoenix at the beginning of 2019. Sean was born a long time ago in Tulsa, where he grew up and attended Booker T. Washington High School as a freshman before moving to Pawnee County and graduating from Cleveland High School in 1987. 

He graduated sans honors from Northeastern State University in 1992 with a bachelor of arts in mass communication with emphases in advertising and public relati ...
david-rowley@cherokee.org • 918-453-5560
Sean Rowley was hired by the Cherokee Phoenix at the beginning of 2019. Sean was born a long time ago in Tulsa, where he grew up and attended Booker T. Washington High School as a freshman before moving to Pawnee County and graduating from Cleveland High School in 1987. He graduated sans honors from Northeastern State University in 1992 with a bachelor of arts in mass communication with emphases in advertising and public relati ...

News

BY STAFF REPORTS
05/26/2020 04:26 PM
OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma State Department of Health’s webs...

BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
05/26/2020 10:27 AM
Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun have been working with expert...

BY STAFF REPORTS
05/25/2020 04:36 PM
OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma State Department of Health’s we...

BY CHAD HUNTER
Reporter
05/22/2020 03:53 PM
Cherokee Nation Sarah Gos...

BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
05/22/2020 03:40 PM
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) – A Canadian company has built the first piece of the disputed Keystone XL oil ...

BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
05/22/2020 03:39 PM
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem said May 20 she is appealin...