Joe Crittenden wins election as deputy chief of Cherokee Nation

Joe Crittenden was certified as the winner of the deputy chief of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma.

Crittenden defeated Chris Soap in a run-off on Saturday. Both candidates are sitting council members.

Crittenden will be sworn into office on August 14. According to the tribe's attorney general, he can act as principal chief until that post is filled by a special election later this year between incumbent Chad Smith and challenger Bill John Baker.

Baker endorsed Crittenden. Smith was running with Soap.

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Cherokee Nation elects deputy chief (The Tulsa World 7/25)
Crittenden in as Cherokee deputy chief (The Muskogee Phoenix 7/24)
JOE CRITTENDEN IS DEPUTY CHIEF (The Tahlequah Daily Press 7/24)
Crittenden certified as deputy chief-elect (The Cherokee Phoenix 7/24)
Winners in final 3 council races certified (The Cherokee Phoenix 7/24)

Cherokee Nation Supreme Court Decision:
In the Matter of 2011 General Election (July 21, 2011)

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