Farmington — So far, four people have filed candidacy paperwork to run for Navajo Nation president.
Myron McLaughlin and Joe Shirley Jr., both of Chinle Chapter in Arizona, Kenneth Maryboy, of Mexican Water Chapter in Arizona, and Donald Benally, of Shiprock Chapter, have filed their paperwork with the Navajo Election Administration.
Shirley was the first to file his paperwork on Feb. 27, when the filing period opened for the presidency, the Navajo Nation Council, the Navajo Board of Election Supervisors, the Navajo Nation Board of Education and the Township in Kayenta, Ariz.
He served as tribal president from January 2003 to January 2011 and was elected as Apache County Supervisor for District 1 in Arizona in 2012.
McLaughlin, vice president of Chinle Chapter, filed his paperwork on March 7.
Both Benally and Maryboy filed their forms on March 21.
Benally is a former Shiprock Chapter official and former council delegate. He previously ran for the presidency in 2010.
Maryboy is the council delegate for Aneth Chapter in Utah and Mexican Water, Red Mesa, Teec Nos Pos and Tólikan chapters in Arizona. He also serves as a San Juan County Commissioner in Utah.
As of Wednesday, six other people have picked up applications for the presidency but have not filed the paperwork, according to the Navajo Election Administration.
Three people have picked up candidacy forms for the council, though none of them have returned the paperwork to the Navajo Election Administration.
To become an elected official within the tribal government, qualified individuals must file their paperwork at the election offices in Crownpoint and Shiprock in New Mexico and in Chinle, Tuba City and Window Rock in Arizona.
The filing deadline is May 28.
The primary election is Aug. 26, and the general election is Nov. 4.Noel Lyn Smith covers the Navajo Nation for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4636 and firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @nsmithdt on Twitter.