Smith elected Tsé Alnaozt'i'í Chapter president

The Daily Times staff
Frank Smith listens during a Navajo Nation Office of Hearings and Appeal hearing on Sept. 27 at the Navajo Nation Department of Workforce Development office in Shiprock.

FARMINGTON — A new president for the Tsé Alnaozt'i'í Chapter was selected during a special election Tuesday.

Frank Smith won the race for Tsé Alnaozt'i'í Chapter president with 271 votes, according to Virginia Nelson, a voter registration specialist at the Navajo Election Administration office in Shiprock.

Ruthda Thomas followed with 253 votes. Alonzo Cohoe had 45 votes, and 29 people voted for Remnita Henderson, according to unofficial results.

The race the Tsé Alnaozt'i'í Chapter president was postponed and voters did not weigh in on that race in the Nov. 8 general election.

It was postponed after the Navajo Election Administration on Aug. 24 stated Smith was ineligible for running due to a drunken driving conviction in March 1988. An Office of Hearings and Appeals ruling on Oct. 7 declared Smith was eligible to run.

Tsé Alnaozt'i'í was one of five chapters in the Northern Agency that held special elections on Tuesday.

Hazel Dayish, who ran uncontested, received 47 votes for the Shiprock Chapter seat on the T'iis Nazbas Community School board.

Eva B. Stokely, who also ran unopposed, received 501 votes to represent the Tsé Alnaozt'i'í and Shiprock chapters on the Nenahnezad Community School board.