Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly will seek a second term

Noel Lyn Smith
The Daily Times

FARMINGTON — Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly is seeking one more term as leader of the tribe.

Shelly filed his application for the presidency on Friday at the Navajo Election Administration office in Window Rock, Ariz.

He was accompanied to the election office by his wife, Martha Shelly, members of his executive staff and supporters.

"It takes tough leadership to face the tough challenges," the president said in a press release that announced his reelection campaign.

Once again, Shelly has selected Navajo Nation Vice President Rex Lee Jim as his running mate.

"We are announcing our vision for a second term this weekend at our 'Road to Victory' rallies at Thoreau and Rock Point," Shelly said. "We have brought stability to our government, while we have made progress we will speak on this weekend."

Shelly is from Thoreau Chapter, where he held a campaign rally on Saturday.

Jim is from Rock Point Chapter in Arizona and is scheduled to host a campaign event there today.

Both men represented their chapters on the Navajo Nation Council before winning the presidency and vice presidency in November 2010.

Others who have filed their applications for the presidency are Donald Benally, of Shiprock Chapter; Kenneth Maryboy, of Mexican Water Chapter in Arizona; Myron McLaughlin and Joe Shirley Jr., both of Chinle Chapter in Arizona; and Christopher C. Deschene and Dale Edison Tsosie, both of LeChee Chapter in Arizona.

The filing deadline is May 28 for the president, the council, the Navajo Board of Election Supervisors, the Navajo Nation Board of Education and the Township in Kayenta, Ariz.

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 Follow her @nsmithdt on Twitter.