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Choctaw Chief Anderson in runoff with former chief

PHILADELPHIA — Incumbent Tribal Chief Phyliss J. Anderson will face former chief Beasley Denson in a runoff.

Complete, but unofficial, returns show Anderson leading six other candidates in her re-election bid. There are more than 300 absentee ballots to be counted.

A runoff election date has not been set, but it must be no more than 30 days from Tuesday’s election, according to Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians’ law.

Anderson unseated Denson, the incumbent chief, in 2011 with 56 percent of the vote. She became the first woman to lead the 10,000-member Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, which is headquartered in Neshoba County.

Other chief candidates were Billy G. Chickaway, Kevin J. Edwards, Robert Garcia Jr., Austin Tubby and Stella York Willis.


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