Dirteater drops out of Dist. 1 Tribal Council race
TAHLEQUAH – One of three Cherokee Nation Dist. 1 Tribal Council candidates has dropped out of the race.
According to the CN Election Commission, Randy Dirteater withdrew on Feb. 19. He had announced his intention to withdraw on Facebook the day prior.
“My reasons are personal, and for the benefit of my family,” Dirteater wrote on his Facebook page. “I thank my family, supporters and tribe for your unwavering support, and assure you that this will not be the last you see of me.”
The remaining two candidates in the district contest are incumbent Rex Jordan and Ryan Sierra.
The general election is scheduled for June 1. The withdrawal deadline is 5 p.m. on Feb. 21.
Non-refundable costs to file were $2,500 for principal chief, $2,000 for deputy chief and $500 for council seats.
With Dirteater’s withdrawal, 35 candidates remain. Several CN citizens have challenged the eligibility of principal chief candidates Rhonda Brown-Fleming, Chuck Hoskin Jr., as well as deputy chief candidate Bryan Warner and Tribal Council candidates Buel Anglen and Debra Proctor. Those cases will be heard beginning at 1 p.m. on Feb. 21 at the EC office in Tahlequah.