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Three positions on the Suquamish Tribal Council ballot
SUQUAMISH — The Suquamish Tribe’s election for three at-large Tribal Council positions is March 18.
The tribe is led by a seven-member Tribal Council. Terms are staggered, and positions are on the ballot each March and voted on by tribal members, known as the General Council.
Morrie Black Eagle, deputy executive director of tribal government, said it is customary for nominations to take place on the floor during the General Council meeting, and at least two people are needed to run for each position. Three tribal members announced their intent to run in the Suquamish News: Irene Carper, who currently holds Position 1; and William Stroud and Lois K.M. Sullivan for Position 2. Stroud served on the council from 2003-06, and Sullivan served on the Port Madison Board of Directors from 2003-09.
Tribal Council officers serve three-year terms. There are four officers and three at-large council members. The current council members are Chairman Leonard Forsman, Vice Chairman Chuck Deam, Treasurer Angel Hill, Secretary Randy George, Position 1 Irene Carper, Position 2 Bardow Lewis, and Position 3 Jay Mills.
During the annual General Council meeting, tribe business is shared with the membership and the floor is open for comments, concerns and ideas. Voting takes place after nominations are announced, during the comments section. The chairman only votes in case of a tie.
The General Council meets the third Sunday in March every year, and the Tribal Council meets on alternate Mondays and as needed.