STONEY NAKODA – Incumbent Chief Darcy Dixon has been re-elected to lead the Bearspaw band for a third term in a landslide victory.
In the election last Thursday (Dec. 5), Dixon gained almost 70 per cent of the vote. Dixon received 496 votes from Morley and Eden Valley with runner-up David Jr. Bearspaw receiving 169 votes and Lenny Wesley receiving 81 votes.
Out of the four councillors voted in, two represent Morley and two represent Eden Valley. Two councillors gained another term with two new faces joining council.
Representing Morley, out of the 1,371 Bearspaw members that came out to vote with 15 candidates to choose from, Anthony Bearspaw won a seat for a second term with 146 votes. The band will also welcome a new face as councillor Rod Hunter won the second seat with 168 votes.
Representing Eden Valley, Bearspaw band members will see a familiar face with Rex Daniels returning to council, receiving 331 votes out of the 1,355 eligible votes, along with new councillor Pierre Lefthand who received 290 votes.
Chief Electoral Officer Marvin Yellow Horn noted this Bearspaw election saw a great turnout with approximately 70 per cent of the eligible population voting.
Bearspaw is part of the three-band Stoney Nakoda Nation, between Canmore and Calgary, which all have a Chief and council representatives for the approximately 5,000 populated nation.
Any appeals for the Bearspaw election must be made in writing to Chief Electoral Officer Marvin Yellow Horn by Jan. 6, 2020 by 4 p.m.