Bill G. Shirel, 87

Born February 17, 1934

Died June 10, 2021

Russell Gilbert "Russ" Hayes, 92

Born June 22, 1928

Died June 9, 2021

Virginia Lee Tutt, 82

Born January 16, 1939

Died June 8, 2021

David Ronald Franklin, 75

Born September 4, 1945

Died June 8, 2021

Robert Lee Barker, 78

Born May 23, 1943

Died June 8, 2021


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Monday, June 7, 2021, 9:51 AM

Four Tribal Council incumbents were re-elected, with one newcomer elected, while four other Tribal Council district races are heading to run offs next month, according to unofficial results from Saturday’s Cherokee Nation General Election.

The June 5 election drew 38 candidates vying for seats in Tribal Council Districts, 2, 4, 5, 7, 9, 10, 11, 15 and one at-large.

The four incumbents returning to their seats include Mike Dobbins of District 4, E.O. Smith of District 5, Mike Shambaugh of District 9, and Victoria Vasquez of District 11.

Vazquez finished with 486 votes or 63 percent of votes cast in District 11.

District 9 Councilor Mike Shambaugh was also re-elected to a second term with 575 votes or 59 percent of votes.

Incumbents Mike Dobbins of District 4 and E.O. Smith of District 5 were also re-elected with 87 percent and 82 percent of the votes, respectively. Newcomer Danny Callison took the District 15 race with 60 percent of the votes.

Cherokee Nation Districts 2, 7, 10, and the At-large races are headed to runoffs on July 24.

Candidates vying for the District 2 Seat facing a runoff is Candessa Teehee and Bobby Slover.

David Comingdeer and Joshua Sam will be on the run-off ticket for District 7.

District 10 candidates Shaunda Handle-Davis and Melvina Shotpouch will be in the run off, as will Kyle Haskins and Jack Kidwell for the at-large seat.

The Cherokee Nation Election Commission will certify the vote count today.

Tribal Councilors will be sworn in on August 14. For more information on the General Election and to see unofficial results including challenge ballots, click here.