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It's Durant vs. Mason in WE June election

Incumbents took the most votes in the White Earth Primary Election Tuesday, but no candidate won more than 50 percent of the vote, so all three races will be on the general election ballot June 10.

In the secretary-treasurer race, incumbent Robert J. Durant received the most votes, receiving 401 votes, or 36 percent of the total.

Tara Mason came in second with 321 votes, or 29 percent. Those two will move on to the general election.

Others in the secretary-treasurer race were Raymond Auginaush Sr. with 17 percent; Merlin Deegan Sr. with 15 percent and Karen Manypenny with 3 percent.

In the race to represent District 2 on the Tribal Council, incumbent Terrence “Terry” Tibbetts came in first with 208 votes, or 40 percent of the total.

Coming in second was Kathy Goodwin with 156 votes, or 30 percent. Others in the race were Patleen (Kier-Keezer) Straub with 16 percent; Benda “Pote” Weaver with 6 percent; Joe Bush with 4 percent; Kimberly Lee Scott-Neisen with 2 percent and Justin Anthony Keezer with 2 percent.

District I Representative Irene “Rene” Auginaush and challenger Steven “Punky” Clark were the only two candidates that filed for District 1 and automatically move on to the general election.

The results were slated to be certified Wednesday afternoon.