TAHLEQUAH – Incumbent Dist. 4 Tribal Councilor Mike Dobbins, of Fort Gibson, retained his seat against Sarah Cowett, of Porum, in the 2021 Cherokee Nation General Election.

According to unofficial results, Dobbins won 476 of 547 votes for 87.1%. Cowett garnered 71 votes for 12.9%.

Dobbins will serve his second term, winning in 2017 with 68.5% of votes against three opponents.

Dobbins said his initial aim was to improve health care and wants to continue that platform going into his second term, according to his Cherokee Phoenix questionnaire.

“Upon retirement from 30-plus years, owning and operating two dental practices, in Tahlequah and in Locust Grove, I felt a great desire to continue serving fellow Cherokees,” Dobbins said in the questionnaire. “Conversation with former Cherokee patients helped me decide the best way to satisfy what was in my heart to seek a seat on the Council where I might share my knowledge and experience and help build the greatest health care system for Cherokee people.”

In the questionnaire, he said the greatest need he sees in his district surrounds the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We must get everyone vaccinated as soon as possible, safely return our youth to schools, help folks get back to work and do everything possible to get the world functioning all while helping those families who are struggling,” he said.

Another issue he plans to address providing more funding to the tribe’s Behavioral Health department.

“I would basically like to see the Behavioral Health funded so we can increase services and help more of our people with mental health needs. This will step up solutions in the opioid crisis,” he said. 

Dist. 4 covers parts of Muskogee and McIntosh counties.