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Chickasaw Nation governor, son elected to 4-year term

June 6, 2019
FILE - In this Jan. 14, 2019 photo, Governor Bill Anoatubby of the Chickasaw Nation, left, arrives for the inauguration of Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt in Oklahoma City. Anoatubby will serve a ninth consecutive four-year term as the tribe's leader, this time with his son as his lieutenant governor. Tribal election officials say Anoatubby and his son, Chris, were officially elected by a one-vote margin late Wednesday, June 5, 2019, after no challengers filed at the close of the election filing period. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki File)
FILE - In this Jan. 14, 2019 photo, Governor Bill Anoatubby of the Chickasaw Nation, left, arrives for the inauguration of Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt in Oklahoma City. Anoatubby will serve a ninth consecutive four-year term as the tribe's leader, this time with his son as his lieutenant governor. Tribal election officials say Anoatubby and his son, Chris, were officially elected by a one-vote margin late Wednesday, June 5, 2019, after no challengers filed at the close of the election filing period. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki File)

ADA, Okla. (AP) — Chickasaw Nation Gov. Bill Anoatubby will serve a ninth consecutive four-year term as the tribe’s leader, this time with his son as his lieutenant governor.

Tribal election officials say Anoatubby and his son, Chris, were officially elected by a one-vote margin late Wednesday after no challengers filed at the close of the election filing period.

The 74-year-old Anoatubby has long been the face of the Ada, Oklahoma-based tribe, having served as governor since 1987 and overseen a period of tremendous growth and diversification for the tribe.

A member of the tribe’s Supreme Court, Mark Colbert of Ardmore, and two tribal legislators also drew no challengers.

Races for two tribal legislative seats will be on the ballot for the July 30 election.

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