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Chickasaw Nation Election Secretary Rita Loder announced candidates seeking five legislative seats and one judicial seat within the Chickasaw Nation.

The filing period closed Wednesday.

Incumbent legislators Nancy Elliott of Ada and Shana Tate Hammond of Ardmore will retain their seats as neither drew a challenger.

Elliott will retain Pontotoc District Seat 2, while Hammond will retain Pickens District Seat 4.

Incumbent Supreme Court Justice Barbara Ann Smith of Newcastle will also retain her seat on the court as no other candidates filed for Seat 2 on the court.

Pontotoc District Seat 1 incumbent Toby Perkins of Ada will face challenger Matthew Scott Gore, of Ada.

Pickens District Seat 1 incumbent David Woerz of Ardmore will face challenger Mike Watson of Lone Grove.

Tishomingo District Seat 1 incumbent legislator D. Scott Colbert of Sulphur will face challenger Scott Wood of Tishomingo.

Registered Chickasaw voters will vote by mail ballots. Ballots will be mailed to registered Chickasaw voters July 17.

Ballots must be returned to the Chickasaw Nation Election Commission no later than 10:30 a.m. on July 31. No hand delivered ballots will be accepted.

The Chickasaw Nation Election Commission shall conduct and supervise the ballot counting beginning at 11 a.m. July 31, at the Chickasaw Community Center in Ada. Results of the elections shall be announced the same day.

For more information, contact Ms. Loder at (580) 310-6475.

Candidates filing are as follows:

Legislature

Pontotoc District

Seat 1 Toby Perkins, Ada (Incumbent)

Seat 1 Matthew Scott Gore, Esq., Ada

Seat 2 Nancy Elliott, Ada (Incumbent) – no challenger

Pickens District

Seat 1 David Woerz, Ardmore (Incumbent)

Seat 1 Mike Watson, Lone Grove

Seat 4 Shana Tate Hammond, Ardmore (Incumbent) – no challenger

Tishomingo District

Seat 1 D. Scott Colbert, Sulphur (Incumbent)

Seat 1 Scott Wood, Tishomingo

Supreme Court

Seat 2 Barbara Ann Smith, Newcastle (Incumbent) – no challenger

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