The annual Southern Ute Indian Tribe's General Election was held on Friday, Nov. 2 in the SunUte Community Center conference room. The positions up for election this year include two seats on the Southern Ute Tribal Council.
The official certification of votes was presented in Tribal Council Chambers on Monday, Nov. 5 by the Southern Ute Election Board.
Lorelei Cloud was re-elected by a majority vote of 221 votes.
Candidates Shane Seibel and W. Bruce Valdez will both be on December's runoff election ballot. Seibel received 99 votes and Valdez came out with 91 votes.
There were 994 registered Southern Ute Tribal member voters, and a total of 711 votes were cast. One ballot was spoiled.
The runoff election will be held Friday, Dec. 14. The candidate receiving the most votes will be elected to the Southern Ute Tribal Council.
Concluding the certification of votes on Nov. 5, Southern Ute Tribal Councilmen Adam Red spoke to the audience and the election board, "We appreciate everything you do for the membership and good luck (candidates)."