MBCI Chief runoff is Tuesday

CHOCTAW, Miss. (WTOK) - The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians are heading back to the polls Tuesday.

The two remaining candidates are current Chief Phyliss J. Anderson and former council member and businessman Cyrus Ben. Ben won 45% of the nearly 3,700 votes in the June 11th primary, while Anderson won 36% of the votes. Both candidates are eager for runoff day.

“It’s been a very busy two and a half weeks, but very exciting, as the people continue to strive forward to see new leadership, but also coming together and uniting as one tribe has been a beautiful thing,” said Ben.

Anderson was unavailable to comment on camera Monday. However, she released a statement saying that she asks tribal members to continue to stand with her and help build upon their successes to create a stronger tribe for the next generation of Choctaw people.