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2 in run-off, 2 incumbents win

News Staff Writer

Two incumbents won their election outright, but one incumbent will face a challenger in a run-off following the Poarch Creek Tribal Council election Saturday, June 2.
In the race for the vice-chairman’s position, incumbent Robbie McGhee received 605 votes. Challengers Amy Bryan received 348 votes; James T. (Tim) Martin, 217 votes; and Chris Woolley, 217 votes. There were 9 write-in votes for the vice-chairman’s position.
Executive officers – chairman, vice-chairman, secretary and treasurer – require 51 percent of the vote. Since neither McGhee or Bryan received 51 percent, they will be on the ballot in a run-off on August 4.
Nine candidates vied for the two open at-large positions. A percentage is not required in this race. The candidates with the most votes win.
Incumbents Sandy Hollinger and Keith Martin won their seats with only one candidate posing a serious challenge.
Sandy Hollinger – 650
Keith Martin – 635
Candace Fayard – 556
Chance Jackson – 111
Steven Ledkins – 145
Wesley Manning – 104
Kevin McGhee – 217
John O’Barr – 299
Tebyl Tullis Presley – 16
There were 7 write-in votes for the at-large position.
According to the PCI Election Board, 1,422 General Council Members voted. There were 251 absentee ballots, 670 walk-in ballots, and 501 members who voted in person the day of the election.
Members of the election board are Carolyn Rackard, chairman; Carolyn Peterson; Gilbert McGhee; Brenda Faircloth; and Eialeasha Martin, alternate.