Tim Ballew reelected chairman of Lummi Indian Business Council


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.

Reach John Stark at 360-715-2274 or john.stark@bellinghamherald.com. Read his Politics Blog at bellinghamherald.com/politics-blog or follow him on Twitter at @bhamheraldpolitics.

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