Louis Hicks was elected second chief of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation January 10 in a special election runoff where he defeated former principal chief A.D. Ellis according to the MCN Election Board’s unofficial results.
Hicks received 65 percent of the vote while winning the majority in all 18 voting precincts as well as the absentee ballots to defeat Ellis 2,010 – 1,070. The official announcement will be January 16 at 5 p.m. to certify the election per constitutional mandate.
Voting numbers among Muscogee (Creek) citizens were up for the general election compared to the primary election on December 13.
“While the overall percentages are somewhat less than desired, I am happy that the general election drew the attention of additional voters, more so than the primary election. We hope that trend continues,” Principal Chief George Tiger said following the election. “The citizens have spoken and indicated support for the continued progressive direction of this administration.”
The 64 year-old tribal employee said he looks to be open-minded with tribal citizens while serving as second chief and to “diligently listen and act upon their concerns” to his limitations. He plans to follow the Muscogee Nation constitution and be assertive with whatever authority is given to him by Tiger or the National Council.
The special election was held to fulfill the remainder of the second chief’s term which will be up for election in November. Hick’s swearing-in ceremony will be announced once the official results are certified on Friday.