Unofficial Returns in Choctaw Races for Chief, Council

With 9 out of 9 voting stations reporting, Phyliss Anderson leads in the unofficial tally for chief of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians.

With all but 241 absentee votes counted, it appears as though Anderson has won the election for tribal chief.
Anderson 2011 votes
Denson 1523 votes

The number of absentee ballots would not be enough for Denson to overcome Anderson's lead. Shirley Berg placed a distant third with 63 votes.

Absentee ballots will be counted Wednesday, starting at 1 p.m., before the results can be certified. The totals are unofficial until that time.

In the Conehatta Tribal Council race, Jesse Thomas leads with 180 votes, followed by Randy Anderson with 174 votes. Incumbent Conehatta Councilman Troy Chickaway is third with 99 votes. There are 20 absentee ballots for Conehatta Tribal Council Representative to be counted.

In the Pearl River Tribal Council race, incumbent Cyrus Ben leads with 699 votes, followed by Barry McMillan with 269 votes. There are 117 absentee ballots for Pearl River Tribal Council Representative to be counted.

Official results are expected to be announced and released Wednesday evening.

Here is the vote breakdown from the individual communities in the chief's race:

CONEHATTA:
Anderson: 238
Denson: 305
Berg: 8

PEARL RIVER:
Anderson: 756
Denson: 463
Berg: 24

BOGUE CHITTO:
Anderson: 232
Beasley: 208
Berg: 10

CRYSTAL RIDGE:
Anderson: 54
Beasley: 40
Berg: 1

STANDING PINE:
Anderson: 155
Beasley: 188
Berg: 6

RED WATER:
Anderson: 247
Beasley: 99
Berg: 2

BOGUE HOMA:
Anderson: 39
Beasley: 92
Berg: 4

TUCKER:
Anderson: 258
Beasley: 119
Berg: 8

HENNING, TENN.:
Anderson: 32
Beasley: 9
Berg: 0

Tribal Council – One (1) Position – Conehatta

Candidate Total Votes
Randy Anderson 174
Troy Chickaway * 99
Scottie Dixon 8
Elray King 14
Jesse Thomas 180
Timothy Thomas, Sr. 38
Randolph Williams 29

Tribal Council – One (1) Position – Pearl River

Candidate Total Votes
Cyrus Ben * 699
Hamilton Farve 62
Cynthia Isaac 8
Barry McMillan 269
Karen McMillan 25
Samuel Mingo 6
Nolan Mitch 77
Kennith York 94

* - indicates incumbent


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