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It's Mason vs. Roy in White Earth general election

White Earth election judges at work during the primary vote count at the election center at the tribal bingo hall in Mahnomen on Tuesday. Nathan Bowe/Tribune 1 / 5
White Earth Secretary-Treasurer Tara Mason checks her phone while waiting for absentee ballots to be counted after the primary election Tuesday evening in Mahnomen. Nathan Bowe/Tribune2 / 5
The tribal election center in Mahnomen was a popular place Tuesday evening, as candidates and supporters watched the results come in on an overhead screen. Nathan Bowe/Tribune 3 / 5
Counting absentee ballots after the White Earth primary election Tuesday. Nathan Bowe/Tribune4 / 5
Alan Roy took second place in the White Earth secretary-treasurer's primary race on Tuesday and will now face off against incumbent Tara Mason in the general election. Nathan Bowe/Tribune5 / 5

Incumbent Tara Mason and challenger Alan Roy were the top two vote-getters in the primary election for White Earth secretary-treasurer, and will face off in the general election June 12.

In Tribal Council districts 1 and 2, incumbents and Mason allies Steven "Punky" Clark and Kathy Lynn Goodwin received the most votes, but neither received over 50 percent, which means they, too, have to compete in the general election.

In the secretary-treasurer's race, Mason received 687 votes, or just over 37 percent, while Roy received 587 votes, or just under 32 percent.

Lorna Lague came in third with 516 votes or about 28 percent, while Bill Crowell received 54 votes or about 3 percent.

In District 1, Clark will face off against Raymond James Auginaush Sr. Clark received 162 votes, or about 41 percent, while Auginaush received 127 votes, or about 32 percent. Coming in third was Henry George Fox with 68 votes or 17 percent, and Mary Jane Beaulieu received 37 votes, or a little over 9 percent.

In District 2, Goodwin will face Joan Andrea LaVoy. Goodwin received 319 votes or 45 percent and Lavoy received 219 votes, or about 31 percent. Coming in third was Robert Jon Durant with 88 votes, or about 14 percent. Fourth was Leonard Louis Wadena with 60 votes, or 8.5 percent, and Jon Paul Weaver received 10 votes or 1.4 percent.

Roy, Auginaush and LaVoy all ran together under a unity platform in the primary election, and all will advance to the general election to face the incumbents.

"The majority of people voted against Tara Mason," said Roy, "and the majority of people want to stand united with Team Unity."

Mason and Clark both thanked their voters and said they have been too busy with tribal business to do much campaigning yet, but they will now gear up for the general election.

"We've been taking care of business, taking care of the tribe," Clark said.

"I'm just happy we're through the first step," added Mason. "Now we can start campaigning."

The primary results are unofficial until verified by the General Reservation Election Board on Wednesday.

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