Shingoitewa loses Hopi primary election

Chairman comes in fourth, Honanie and Honyaoma to face off in Nov. 20 general election

Hotevilla resident Maxine Selestewa goes to the polling place in Hotevilla  to vote in the Nov. 6 Hopi primary election. Photo/Rosanda Suetopka Thayer

Hotevilla resident Maxine Selestewa goes to the polling place in Hotevilla to vote in the Nov. 6 Hopi primary election. Photo/Rosanda Suetopka Thayer

Todd Honyaoma, former vice chairman of the Hopi Tribe and a local businessman, and Herman Honanie, the current Vice Chairman of the Hopi Tribe and former Health Services director came out on top in an eight-way race for chairman of the Hopi Tribe in the Nov. 6 Hopi primary election.

Final results from the Hopi Elections Office show Honanie with 387 votes and Honyaoma coming in second with 276 votes.

Honanie and Honyaoma will face off Nov. 20 in the Hopi Tribe's general election. The winner will be the chairman of the Hopi Tribe for the next four years.

Micah Loma'omvaya came in third with 267 votes. Current Chairman Leroy Shingoitewa came in fourth with 178 votes. Tommy Canyon received 124 votes, Norman Honie had 104 votes, Mike Puhuyesva received 65 votes and Caleb Johnson received 53 votes.

Alfred Lomahquahu received the most votes in the Hopi Tribe's vice chairman race with 630 votes. Lomahquahu is an ex-Marine, a master award winning wood carver and currently serves as the governor of the village of Bacavi. Lomahquahu also serves as the commander of the American Legion Lori Piestewa-Hopi Post No. 80.

Ronald Honyumptewa came in second in the Vice chairman's primary with 320 votes.

Robert Sumatzkuku received 257 votes and George Mase received 222 votes.

Voter turn-out for the Hopi primary election for tribal chairman and vice Chairman was low. A little more than 1,400 registered Hopis and Tewas chose to vote. The Hopi Tribe numbers around 15,000 members both on and off the reservation.

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