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Baker Appoints Two to Election Commission

01/31/2012
May 24, 2011

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TAHLEQUAH, Okla.— The Cherokee Election Commission has two new faces.

Effective Jan. 30, Stilwell resident Shawna Calico and Lindsay Earls from Tulsa will replace outgoing commissioners Patsy Eads-Morton and Curtis Rohr, whose terms expired on Oct. 1, 2011.

“While we appreciate Ms. Eads-Morton and Mr. Rohr’s service, Shawna and Lindsay each bring a unique, invaluable perspective to our Election Commission,” Principal Chief Bill John Baker said of the two appointees.

According to the tribe’s election law, two of the five election commissioners are appointed by the principal chief, two are selected by the Cherokee Tribal Council and the fifth is selected by the other four commissioners and is subject to approval by both the executive and legislative branches. In an effort to stagger the commissioners’ terms, as of Oct. 1, 2011, two will serve six-year terms while the other three will serve four-year terms.

Calico teaches seventh grade at Maryetta School in Adair County. She previously served as a precinct worker at the Stilwell polling place during the 2011 elections and has been appointed to a four-year term.

Originally from Tecumseh, Okla., Earls is a third-year law student at the University of Tulsa and is completing a legal externship this spring with the tribe. The Dartmouth College graduate previously worked with the Association of Communities Organized for Reform Now as a field director for voter registration in the New Orleans area. Earls has been appointed to serve a six-year term.

The next regular election commission meeting is scheduled for Feb. 14 at 9 a.m. at the Cherokee Nation Election Services Building at 22116 S. Bald Hill Road in Tahlequah.


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