Published February 13, 2017
MASHPEE, MASSACHUSETTS – Tribal Council Chairman Cedric Cromwell and Vice-Chairwoman Jessie “Little Doe” Baird were re-elected on Sunday by the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe.
With 674 tribal citizens casting ballots in today’s election, Cromwell will begin his third, four-year term as head of the Tribe’s government as the Tribe looks to move forward in securing tribal lands and completing construction of First Light Resort & Casino in Taunton.
“I am honored to have been re-elected to finish what this administration has worked so hard to achieve. Our government has grown by leaps and bounds over the past several years, offering employment and a wide-range of services for our people,” Cromwell said.
“We look to secure our Land In Trust and move forward with the completion of a $1 billion dollar casino that will serve as an economic development platform for my people for generations to come,” Cromwell said.
The Tribal Council did see some changes, however. Out-going Tribal Council Treasurer Robert Hendricks, who did not seek re-election, will be replaced by Gordon Harris, who beat Angela Scwom for the treasurer seat.
A new Tribal Council Secretary was also elected. Ann Marie Askew will be the new Secretary.
Also, in a run-off for a Tribal Council seat, David Weeden beat Laura Etta Miranda and Marjorie Seagraves.
The election results are as follows:
Chairman: Cedric Cromwell (i) – 358; Aaron Tobey — 298
Vice-Chair: Jessie Baird (i) –258; Carlton Hendricks, Jr. – 254; Marie A. Stone – 155
Treasurer: Gordon Harris – 329; Angela Shwom – 222; Write in candidates – 94
Secretary: Ann Marie Askew – 290; Paula Peters – 186; Charles Foster – 186
Council: David Weeden – 330; Laura Etta Miranda – 288; Marjorie Seagraves – 44
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