Samson chief election set for July 14

Nine candidates, including the incumbent, running

There are a total of nine candidates vying to be the next chief of the Samson Cree Nation.

Vernon Saddleback is hoping to earn another term as chief, while there are eight other challengers hoping to unseat him.

Larron Northwest, Donald Northwest, Bradley Omeasoo, Terry Buffalo, Kurt Buffalo, Frank Buffalo, Lester Nepoose and Marvin Yellowbird are all on the ballot after nominations closed on July 7.

Voting will be done on July 14 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at a variety of locations including the Howard Buffalo Memorial Centre in Maskwacis, the Pigeon Lake Recreation Centre and the Grey Eagle Casino on the Tsuu T’ina First Nation. The polling station at the River Cree Casino on the Enoch Cree Nation will run from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The election for the Samson council will be held July 28 with nominations closing on July 21.

Meanwhile, the Ermineskin Cree Nation will be holding its elections next month.

Nominations for chief close on Aug. 5 with the election taking place on Aug. 12, while nominations for council close on Aug. 19 and the election going on Aug. 26.

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