Leecy re-elected as Bois Forte tribal chair

Nett Lake, Minnesota (AP) 4-08

Kevin Leecy has been re-elected as chairman of the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa.

Leecy won more than 52 percent of the vote, so he won’t have to stand in the northeastern Minnesota tribe’s general election June 10.

Leecy outdistanced three other opponents: former chairman Gary Donald, who got 26 percent of the vote and was running to regain the seat Leecy won from him in 2004. Cook Hospital employee Donna Hoffer Barto had 15 percent of the vote and tribal government employee Dawn Benner had 6 percent.

Voters also choose newcomer Cathy Chavers over incumbent Ray Villebrun as District I Representative.

Voter turnout was up over 9 percent from the tribe’s last primary election.