UPDATED: Jordan keeps Dist. 1 Tribal Council seat
TAHLEQUAH – Dist. 1 Tribal Councilor Rex Jordan retained his seat for a second term against opponent Ryan Sierra in the 2019 general election, according to unofficial results.
Jordan won with a vote count of 672-489 or 57.88 percent of votes to 42.12 percent, including challenged ballots.
Jordan also won the Dist. 1 seat in 2015 against Sierra by an 856-494 vote count, according to election results.
Dist. 1 covers portions of Cherokee and Wagoner counties.
“As a tribal councilor, I have been able to be available to help tribal citizens of District 1, 24 hours a day 7 days a week. I firmly believe being a tribal councilor is a full-time job. You must be ready and willing to answer calls at any time. You cannot work around another work schedule. This must be your first and only job,” Jordan said in a Cherokee Phoenix questionnaire.
Jordan is a member of all the Tribal Council’s standing committees and chairman of the Resource Committee. He also serves as an advisory board member for Cherokee Nation Businesses and the Housing Authority of the Cherokee Nation.
“Education, housing, health and jobs continue and will always be a great need for District 1. Through work addressing each need, we are improving in multiple areas,” Jordan said in the questionnaire.
In a Facebook post on his campaign page, Jordan said he wants to continue to build the future of the CN by providing educational opportunities, and that he and his wife were assisted by CN in their higher educational endeavors. “That education has allowed us the opportunity to operate small businesses and to give back to the Cherokee Nation. I want to see that continue for all Cherokees and want to assure all Cherokees applying for school funding receive help from the Cherokee Nation.”
Before winning in 2015, Jordan was employed by the CN and the HACN in several capacities.
He is a lifetime resident of Hulbert, a graduate of Hulbert High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in agriculture and a master’s degree in agriculture education from Oklahoma State University.
A third candidate, Randy Dirteater, withdrew from the race in February.
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.