Cherokee Nation certifies results of election for top positions

Chief Bill John Baker, left, and deputy chief Joe Crittenden. Photo from Facebook

It's official -- Principal Chief Bill John Baker and Deputy Chief Joe Crittenden will continue to lead the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma.

The election commission certified the results of the June 25 election on Monday. Baker won with 52.6 percent of the vote among four candidates.

Since Baker received more than 50 percent of the vote, no run-off is needed for the chief's position.

Crittenden won with 63 percent of the vote against one challenger. Again no run-off is necessary.

Baker and Crittenden will serve another four years in office.

Tribal members also re-elected two members to the eight-seat council. Three newcomers won seats.

Run-off will be held for two seats. And in one final race, a candidate asked for a recount because he lost by just one vote.

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