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Anderson wins second term as Choctaw chief

Choctaw Chief Phyllis Anderson

Choctaw Chief Phyllis Anderson

PHILADELPHIA — Chief Phyliss J. Anderson has been re-elected chief of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians.

Complete, but uncertified returns from Tuesday’s runoff, show Anderson with 55 percent of the vote, defeating former chief Beasley Denson.

A new runoff was set after the Tribal Council overturned a June 20 runoff where Anderson defeated Denson with 52 percent of the vote.

Anderson was sworn in for a second term on July 14. Anderson defeated Denson in 2011

The first Tribal Chief election was overturned by the Tribal Council on July 24 after members heard almost nine hours of testimony, mostly centering on absentee ballots.

Anderson unseated Denson in 2011 with 56 percent of the vote to become the first female to lead the 10,000-member Tribe, which is headquartered in Neshoba County.

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