By SHERRY DIGMON
An election was held Saturday, June 3, for three positions on the Poarch Creek Tribal Council.
Incumbent Tribal Chair Stephanie Bryan faced one challenger. At large incumbents Candace Fayard and Arthur Mothershed had a crowded field with five challengers for those two seats.
Bryan was re-elected, as was Mothershed. However, Fayard lost to challenger Justin Stabler, a political newcomer.
The votes were as follows:
Tribal Chair – Bryan, 909; challenger Amy Bryan Gantt, 483; write-ins, 5.
At Large seats – Keith Wayne Colbert, 74; Candace Fayard, 396; Carla McGhee Hammonds, 218; Arthur Mothershed, 825; Justin Stabler, 591; Patrick Strickland, 475; Westly L. Woodruff, 79; write ins, 5.
According to the PCI Election Board, a total of 1,402 General Council Members voted in the Tribal Election held Saturday. There were 275 absentee ballots and 835 walk-in ballots counted, and there were 292 General Council members who voted in person on Election Day.
Members of the Election Board are Edie Baker, Election Board Chair; Haley Martin Madison, Election Board Vice-Chair; Gilbert McGhee, Election Board member; Carolyn Peterson, Election Board member; and Kevin D. McGhee, Election Board member.