KYKOTSMOVI, Ariz. - Leroy Ned Shingoitewa and Clark W. Tenakhongva were the two top vote-getters on Wednesday in the race to be Hopi Tribal Chairman. They will face off Nov. 18 in the general election, according to official results released on Thursday.
Herman G. Honanie and Leroy Sumatzkuku led the field for the vice chairman's position, and will also battle it out in the general election.
The Election Board certified the results Thursday morning.
Shingoitewa garnered 581 votes and Tenakhongva got 274 for the chairman's position, while Honanie tallied 663 votes and Sumatzkuku took 309 for the vice chairman's position. Each position is for a four-year term.
In all, 1,381 ballots were cast, according to Karen L. Balenquah-Shupla of the Hopi Election Office. She said turnout was low, but better than she expected given the political turmoil of the past couple of years.
Other candidates for chairman were Tommy Canyon, 213 votes; Phillip Roy Quochytewa Sr., 150 votes; Harry Nutumya, 105 votes; and Caleb H. Johnson, 42 votes.
Quochytewa, presiding officer of the Hopi Tribal Council, will retain his council seat, and will be up for reelection next year.
The other vice chairman candidates were Keith Pahovama Sr., 140 votes; Elgean Joshevama, 128 votes; and Rod Duwala, 114 votes.
The chairman and vice chairman positions have been vacant since last December when Ben Nuvamsa resigned as chairman and Todd Honyaoma Sr. resigned as vice chairman.
Presently, the chairman is also the chief executive officer of the tribe. However, a reorganization task team headed by Council member Davis F. Pecusa, is working on a resolution to remove the CEO powers from the chairman and make the CEO a separate job.
Pecusa stated that the CEO would answer to the Council, which would prevent the chairman from issuing executive orders that bypass the council.
Hopi voters are urged to contact the Hopi Elections office to confirm their eligibility to vote and to find their nearest polling station. For those who weren't able to vote in the primary election, requests for an absentee ballot can still be made through e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the Hopi Elections Office at (928) 734-2507 before Nov. 12.
Also, a series of forums for the Chairman and Vice Chairman candidates will be held prior to the general election on the following dates and locations from 6:30-9 p.m.:
Thursday, Nov. 5 at the Moenkopi Community Center, Moenkopi;
Monday, Nov. 9 at the Winslow Housing Office, Winslow;
Thursday, Nov. 12 at the Museum of Northern Arizona, Flagstaff;
Friday, Nov. 13 at Native Connections; 4720 North Central Ave, 6th Floor, Phoenix;
Monday, Nov. 16 at Hopi Jr/Sr. High School, Keams Canyon;
Tuesday, Nov. 17 at the Hotevilla Youth & Elderly Center, Hotevilla.
For more information, contact Bonnie Secakuku at (928) 255-2572.
Hopi Radio KUYI 88.1 FM will be broadcasting the forums.