LUMMI NATION - Tim Ballew was reelected to a second one-year term as chairman of the Lummi Indian Business Council at a general council meeting Tuesday, Nov. 5.
After each general election of council members, the full 11-member council meets to elect the president and other council officers for the year. They cast secret paper ballots.
Ballew was elected 7-4 over Shasta Cano-Martin, who had just been sworn in for her first three-year term on the council after defeating longtime council member Merle Jefferson in the general election held Saturday, Nov. 2.
Cliff Cultee, a former council chairman, was elected vice chairman on a 6-5 vote over Cano-Martin. He replaces a nine-year council veteran, vice chairwoman Candice Wilson, who also was voted out of office in Saturday's general election.
Julie Finkbonner defeated Wilson Saturday for a seat on the council.
Darrell Hillaire was chosen as council treasurer, and Jeremiah Julius was elected secretary.
The other new council member sworn in for a three-year term on Tuesday was Cheryl Sanders, who defeated Sheri-Lee Williams in Saturday's balloting. The incumbent in that council seat, Leroy Deardorff, was eliminated in the Oct. 19 primary election.
Council member Steven Toby was reelected on Saturday.