Noleen Hardisty has been chosen as the new chief of Jean Marie River First Nation in an election postponed from August due to May’s historic flooding.
Two people put their names forward for the position: Hardisty and Ericson Sanguez. Hardisty received 51 votes to Sanguez’s 34 according to the election’s returning officer, Ria Letcher.
Eighty-five members voted, a turnout of 63 percent, Letcher said.
Outgoing Chief Stanley Sanguez did not seek re-election.
Elections in the community typically happen in August every three years but the impact of this year’s flooding delayed 2021’s vote.
Four council members will be appointed from the four family groups in the community, a news release from the First Nation on September 23 stated.
An election for two other councillor positions – one youth and one Elder representative – will be held on November 10, with nominations opening on October 28 and closing on November 4.