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Seventeen Candidates File for Navajo Nation President

June 05
14:40 2014

A total of 17 candidates filed in the race for Navajo Nation President, including incumbent Ben Shelly and former president Joe Shirley.

ballot boxCandidates who met the May 28 filing deadline include:
1. Joe Shirley, Jr., Chinle Chapter
2. Myron McLaughlin, Chinle Chapter
3. Chris Deschene, LeChee Chapter
4. Dale E. Tsosie, LeChee Chapter
5. Donald Benally, Shiprock Chapter
6. Kenneth Maryboy, Mexican Water Chapter
7. Edison “Chip” Begay, Tohatchi Chapter
8. Edison J. Wauneka, Oaksprings Chapter
9. Ben Shelly, Thoreau Chapter
10. Kee Yazzie Mann, K’Ai’Bii’To Chapter
11. Carrie Lynn Martin, Bodaway/Gap Chapter
12. Duane H. Yazzie, Shiprock Chapter
13. Russell Begaye, Shiprock Chapter
14. Moroni Benally, To Likan Chapter
15. Cal Nez, Tse alnaozt’i’i’ Chapter
16. Dan Smith, Shiprock Chapter
17. Hank Whitethorne, Shonto Community Governance

Candidates for Navajo Nation President will be on all 110 chapter ballots. The primary election on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 will narrow the field down to two candidates. Voters will choose between the two in the general election on Tuesday, November 4, 2014.

Presidential Qualifications

Navajo Nation SealAccording to the Navajo Nation elections website, both President and Vice-President must meet the following qualifications:

  • Must be a registered voter, a member of the Navajo Nation, and be on the agency census roll of the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
  •  Must be at least thirty (30) years of age at the time of general election.
  •  Must fluently speak and understand Navajo and read and write English.
  • Must not have been convicted of a felony within the last five (5) years.
  •  Must not have been convicted of any misdemeanor involving crimes of deceit, untruthfulness and dishonesty, including but not limited to extortion, embezzlement, bribery, perjury, forgery, fraud, misrepresentation, false pretense, theft, conversion, or misuse of Navajo Nation funds and property, and crimes involving the welfare of children, child abuse, child neglect, aggravated assault and aggravated battery within the last five (5) years.
  • Must have unswerving loyalty to the Navajo Nation and must be competent and capable of upholding the oath of office.
  • Candidates elected, who are employed by the Navajo Nation, must resign from such employment before taking the oath of office and shall not be employed by the Navajo Nation during their term of office.
  • Must not have been indicted by a federal grand jury at the time of filing of the candidate application. Any candidate for the Office of the President or Vice-President who is indicted by a federal grand jury subsequent to the filing of the candidate application shall be disqualified.
  • Must not if elected, be in the permanent employment of the United States or any state or subdivision thereof; nor be an elected official of the United States or any state or subdivision thereof.
  •  The Navajo Nation President or the Navajo Nation Vice-President shall serve no more than two consecutive terms.
  •  If elected, shall maintain qualifications stated herein throughout their term of office.

In addition to electing the Navajo Nation President and Vice President, voters will also be electing Navajo Nation Council Delegates, Navajo Board of Election Supervisors, Kayenta Township Commission and Navajo Nation Board of Education.

More information on voter registration and the election is available on the Navajo Nation website here.

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