Chickasaw governor to run unopposed for re-election 6-6-07

ADA, Okla. (AP) - The longtime governor of the Chickasaw Nation likely will serve a sixth consecutive term, as he will run unopposed in the American Indian tribe's upcoming election.

Tribal spokeswoman Kerri McDonald said no one filed to run against Bill Anoatubby and Lt. Gov. Jefferson Keel before the election filing period closed Wednesday. Officially, Anoatubby and Keel will be elected by a one-vote margin, McDonald said, as the act of filing for office will be counted as an affirmative vote.

Registered Chickasaw voters will cast absentee ballots. Those ballots will be mailed July 16 and must be returned to the Chickasaw Election Commission by July 31, when ballots will be counted.

Anoatubby first was elected as the Chickasaw governor in 1987, and was re-elected in 1991, 1995, 1999 and 2003.
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