TAHLEQUAH, Oka. -- Shawn Crittenden defeated Corey Bunch for the Cherokee Nation's District 8 Tribal Council seat in the June 27 general election.
Crittenden won by a vote count of 486-307, according to certified results of the district's three precincts. Those results showed Crittenden receiving 61.29 percent of the 793 ballots cast to Bunch's 38.71 percent.
"I'm mainly humbled and thankful for the folks in my district," Crittenden said. "I had a lot of support and I thank the good Lord for the good feeling I have right now. I'm ready to get down to business with the people in my district. My plans are to be accessible and to stay on top of issues when folks need something, when they want to be heard. I want to do everything I can to show them I care and I'm going to work hard for them."
Bunch conceded the race in a Facebook post around midnight on June 28.
"I want to congratulate Shawn Crittenden on winning the district 8 council seat. He ran a good and clean campaign and deserves the victory," Bunch wrote. "I called and told him that I'm behind him 100% and that I would ask everyone else to do the same. I also want to say 'Thank you' to everyone who showed such kindness to me and my family for the past several months."
Dist. 8 covers the eastern part of Adair County, as well as much of its northern border.
Crittenden is expected to be sworn into office on Aug. 14, the tribe's inauguration day. The EC certified the results at 10:30 a.m. on June 29.