Cherokee Campaigning

Tahlequah, OK – Candidates for Okla tribe's chief resume campaigns

(Information in the following story is from: Tulsa World,

TULSA, Okla. (AP) The candidates for Cherokee Nation principal chief have hit the campaign trail again, hoping to reach even more voters before the Sept. 24 election.

Incumbent Chief Chad Smith and tribal council member Bill John Baker have resumed sending out emails and mailers to registered voters, encouraging them to vote or send in absentee ballot requests by Aug 12.

The Tulsa World reports that Smith has opened a second campaign office, and an Aug. 16 fundraiser for Baker's campaign has been scheduled.

Last month, the tribe's Supreme Court invalidated June 25 election results between Smith and Baker because justices couldn't determine with mathematical certainty who won.

The tribe has about 300,000 members.

The chief administers a $600 million annual tribal budget.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.