UPDATED: Crittenden easily wins second Dist. 8 term
TAHLEQUAH – Shawn Crittenden, one of the Cherokee Nation’s two Adair County tribal councilors, handily won a second term in the tribe’s June 1 general election against opponent Ralph Keen, according to unofficial election results.
The vote tally, which includes challenged ballots within the district, was 6003-80 (83.4 percent to 11.07 percent).
“The people need a connection to the Cherokee Nation,” Crittenden stated in a Cherokee Phoenix questionnaire and also on Facebook. “Someone needs to fight for my family and yours so that services are provided to the Cherokee people. I will continue to stand on the side of the people.”
Dist. 8 covers the eastern portion of Adair County, as well as much of its northern border. Crittenden won his first district term in 2015 against Corey Bunch with a vote count of 486-307, according to election results.
Keen, of Stilwell, is an attorney who served on the tribe’s Constitution Convention Commission. He was appointed in 2003 to fill the unexpired term of Tribal Councilor Harold “Jiggs” Phillips, who died in 2002. Keen lost his Tribal Council seat in the next year’s election.
Former Tribal Councilor Jodie Fishinghawk was a candidate in this year’s race until May 23 when she was disqualified by the Election Commission amid accusations of forging signatures on voter registration forms and absentee ballot requests, and enlisting the help of an accomplice.
Despite her removal, Fishinghawk garnered 40 votes or 5.53 percent.
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.