By Joe Morey
The 2021 Tribal Caucus is set for tomorrow morning, April 10th, at the Sevenwinds Casino Convention Center at 9:00 am sharp.
The Caucus is the process where any tribal member may nominate qualifying candidates to run for the LCO Tribal Governing Board which has three positions up for election in the 2021 election cycle. The Caucus is usually held at the LCO Tribal Office, but due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, it will take place in the much larger Convention Center so that tribal members may spread out more and social distance.
Candidates nominated will have three days to accept their nominations and go through background check for any past election fraud or felony crimes. All candidates put on the ballot by the Election Committee will then run for the Primary Election, which, will take place Saturday, May 8, at two polling locations, the LCO Tribal Center and the New Post Community Center.
All candidates in the Primary Election will be narrowed down to the top six vote getters, who will than advance to the General Election, Saturday, June 19. The top six will first have to pass a drug test and any who doesn’t pass the drug test will be removed from the ballot and the candidate from the Primary receiving the next highest votes will then be placed on the General Election ballot.
The candidates currently serving on the LCO TGB whose terms expire in 2021 are LCO Chairman Louis Taylor and members Tweed Shuman and Don Carley.