TAHLEQUAH, Okla. -- According to unofficial results, Bryan Warner won the July 25 runoff for the Cherokee Nation's Dist. 6 Tribal Council seat.
Unofficial results show that Warner received 54.06 percent of votes with 619 votes, while Natalie Fullbright received 45.94 percent of votes or 526 ballots. The numbers include 23 accepted challenged ballots.
Warner said he feels truly blessed by the results.
"This has been a very humbling experience," he said.
He said when he takes office he wants to take a look at everything and already has an idea of what types of resources the CN needs. He added that he wants to get out and meet more people.
"I still think there's people out there that I didn't get to visit with in this district, and I want them to feel apart of this process," he said.
Warner said he is grateful to all who cast their vote for him to be the next Dist. 6 Tribal Councilor.
"Thank you, thank you, thank you. My family thanks you, all my supporters thank you," he said. "It's just been a wonderful experience and there's no way I could have written it out like this at all. I can't wait to get to work and see what we can do for Dist. 6. When I say we, I mean all of us."
Warner extended congratulations to Fullbright for a well-ran race.
"Her family and all her supporters have been wonderful through this campaign, and I feel like they're all top-notch individuals. They've been cordial, they been kind," he said. "I hope that we can all get together and work together."
In a Facebook post Fullbright conceded defeat to Warner.
"Well guys we lost. Not by a lot but by enough. I think a lot of Bryan, get behind him, support him, pray for him work with him," it stated.
The Cherokee Phoenix contacted Fullbright for comment.
"Why in the world are you people calling me? You need to call Bryan Warner," she said.
Dist. 6 covers the eastern part of Sequoyah County.
Candidates who won their races will be sworn into office on Aug. 14.
According to Election Commission officials, candidates had until July 29 to file for a recount. As of publication there was no request for a recount in the Dist. 6 race.