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Muckleshoot elections attract numerous candidates

AUBURN, Wash. -- Twenty-seven candidates sought election to three seats on
the Muckleshoot Tribal Council Jan. 16.

Marcie Elkins, a bookkeeper for the tribe and a member of the Muckleshoot
school board, was the top vote-getter. LeeRoy Courville was re-elected.
Kerri Marquez, Muckleshoot's enrollment officer, also was elected.

The field of candidates included incumbents Franklin Lozier and Jesse
McDaniel Jr., neither of whom finished in the top three to win re-election.

The council has nine members who serve staggered three-year terms; every
January, three council positions are on the ballot. Council positions are
full-time.

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Courville, Elkins and Marquez will be sworn in during the first week of
April and the council will elect officers. The current chairman is John
Daniels Jr.

In addition to the council race, Mary Ann Moses and Marie Starr were
elected to the school board. Moses formerly served on the board; Starr is
also a member of the tribal council.

The Muckleshoot reservation is six square miles and is located about 40
miles southeast of Seattle, on a rising plateau between the White and Green
rivers. It has an on- and near-reservation population of 3,300.

Richard Walker is a correspondent reporting from San Juan Island, Wash.
Contact him at rmwalker@rockisland.com.

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