Special election held to fill seat on the Navajo Nation Council

The Daily Times staff
The Daily Times

FARMINGTON — Herman Daniels Jr. has been elected to represent the Naatsisaan, Oljato, Shonto and Ts'ah bii Kin chapters on the Navajo Nation Council, according to a press release from the Office of the Speaker.

Daniels is filling a vacancy left by Jonathan Nez, who resigned from the council to serve as the tribe's vice president.

"I'm looking forward to working with the chapters, the 23rd Navajo Nation Council members, and the three branches of government," Daniels said in the release.

The unofficial results from the June 30 special election show Daniels received 329 votes, according to the Navajo Election Administration.

Daniels is originally from Monument Pass, Utah, and previously served on the council from April 2010 to January 2011, when he was selected to complete his father's term.

Daniels' father, Herman Daniels Sr., died on April 3, 2010.

Edison Wauneka, executive director of the election administration, said the special election results would be certified by the Navajo Board of Election Supervisors after the 10-day grievance period is completed. After certification, Daniels would be eligible to take the oath of office.