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Chickasaw Nation’s governor to seek 9th term, run with son

June 3, 2019

ADA, Okla. (AP) — The Chickasaw Nation’s longtime governor has filed for a ninth consecutive term as the tribe’s leader and his son is joining him on the ticket.

Gov. Bill Anoatubby announced Monday that he’d filed for re-election to a four-year term and that his son, Chris Anoatubby, will run as his lieutenant governor. The three-day filing period continues until Wednesday for candidates running for governor, lieutenant governor, four legislative seats and a position on the tribe’s Supreme Court.

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

The nonpartisan election is set for July 30, with a run-off set for Aug. 27, if necessary.

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