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Chief Anderson apparent winner in Choctaw chief run-off

Choctaw Chief Phyllis Anderson

Choctaw Chief Phyllis Anderson

PHILADELPHIA — Incumbent Tribal Chief Phyliss J. Anderson has won a second term as chief of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians.

The Neshoba Democrat reports complete, but unofficial, results after the counting of absentee ballots Wednesday showed Anderson with 52 percent of the vote to 48 percent for former chief Beasley Denson. The runoff was Tuesday.

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.

The chief and members of the Tribal Council will begin their terms on July 14.

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