Tribal Council Vacant Seat
By David Jensen
January 13, 2007
On September 14th, at a special Tribal Council meeting, I was
appointed to the KIC Tribal Council to fill a vacant seat. KIC
had advertised and the ad said that the appointment would be
for the remainder of the term which would expire in January 2008.
On January 11, 2007, the Tribal Council met in an emergency special
meeting to consider questions in a letter from a tribal member.
The question was directed towards the council's interpretation
of Article 3 of the KIC Constitution which applies to filling
vacancies on the council. After extensive debate with the aid
of the tribe's attorney, the council realized that the appointed
member should have filed a petition and had his name put on the
ballot. The nomination period closed at noon on December 18th
of 2006, so that was no longer an option. This issue had been
the subject of debate in previous meetings, but the former position
prevailed. I did not participate in the debate nor did I vote
on the matter.
If the election had proceeded and I remained on the council,
any candidate would have had the right to contest the election.
If the council had allowed the election to proceed and then decided
to give my seat to the next highest vote getter, I would have
had the right to contest the election because I would have been
denied my right to participate. I have assured the council that
I will not contest the elections on those grounds. Other scenarios
would be to postpone the election or hold a special election.
Postponement would waste time and a special election would cost
The solution I offered to the council was for me to run a write-in
campaign in the remaining four days before the election. I would
appreciate your vote.
David Jensen, KIC Tribal Member
Received January 12, 2007 - Published January 13, 2007
About: "David Jensen,
a lifelong resident of Ketchikan with 5 children, 8 grandchildren
has served several terms as KIC Tribal Council Member and one
term as President as well as other volunteer boards in the community.
David is a Tlingit Chief of the Raven Dog-Salmon Clan of the
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