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Eastern Band Tribal Council Candidates Certified For Primary Election

Lilly Knoepp
Eastern Band of Cherokee general election for tribal council will take place in September. Pictured is Soco Falls on the Qualla Boundary.

The candidates for the Eastern Band of Cherokee’s Tribal Council elections have been finalized. The full list was published from the EBCI Elections board on Thursday by the Cherokee One Feather. All 12 seats – two for each township – are up for election. The primary election will be held at the beginning of June. The general election will be held September 2nd. 

Tribal Council seats with more than four candidates will be on the primary ballot. Voters will select their top two candidates. This year, there will not be primary elections for Tribal Council seats representing Big Cove, Painttown or Cherokee County/Snowbird, reports the Smoky Mountain News.

Here’s the full list of candidates:

Birdtown Tribal Council 

Albert Rose 

Boyd Owle 

Gilbert Crowe Jr. 

Gloria “Punkin” Griffin 

Robin Lambert 

Jacob George 

Cyndi Lambert 

Wolftown Tribal Council 

Jess Sneed 

Bo Crowe 

Bill Taylor 

Chelsea Taylor Saunooke 

Sam “Frell” Reed 

Yellowhill Tribal Council 

Tom Wahnetah 

T.W. Price Saunooke 

Dave Wolfe 

Stephanie Saunooke French 

Christopher Reed 

Shannon Ross 

(Write-In) Elvia Walkingstick 

Big Cove Tribal Council 

Patrick Hill 

Richard French

Teresa McCoy 

Painttown Tribal Council 

Tommye Saunooke 

Dike Sneed 

Bentley Tahquette 

Cherokee Co. – Snowbird Tribal Council 

Adam Wachacha 

Bucky Brown 

William A. “Billy” Brown 

Janell Rattler 

Big Cove School Board 

Kristina Hyatt 

Lavita Hill 

Karen French-Browning 

Lori Taylor 

Damian Solis 

Birdtown School Board 

Melanie Lambert 

Ashford Smith 

Bree Stamper 

Ray Long 

Wolftown School Board 

Isaac “Ike” Long 

Berdie Toineeta 

Bucky Squirrel 

Lilly Knoepp serves as BPR’s first fulltime reporter covering Western North Carolina. She is a native of Franklin, NC who returns to WNC after serving as the assistant editor of Women@Forbes and digital producer of the Forbes podcast network. She holds a master’s degree in international journalism from the City University of New York and earned a double major from UNC-Chapel Hill in religious studies and political science.
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