Anderson becomes first female Choctaw chief
CHOCTAW — Phyliss J. Anderson has defeated Beasely Denson with 55 percent of the vote in a run-off election to become the first woman chief of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians.
The Neshoba Democrat reports that complete but unofficial returns show Anderson with 1,741 votes to incumbent Denson’s 1,408.
The Choctaw Election Committee was to begin counting 214 absentee ballots today.
The 50-year-old Anderson is a native of the Red Water community in Leake County. She is a graduate of Choctaw Central High School and East Central Community College where she earned an associate degree in liberal arts. She is a member of the Tribal Council.
Denson led the nine-candidate field in the June 14 election.
Denson was elected in 2007, defeating longtime chief Phillip Martin.
Source: Neshoba Democrat
To sign up for Mississippi Business Daily Updates, click here.
Top Posts & Pages
- Molpus closes Fund after more than $662M in commitments
- DeSoto County Supervisor Lee dies in ATV accident on his birthday
- Realtors chooses Nita Wingard
- MSU reminding fans that drones are prohibited at football games
- Politics of paying for transportation: Hand wringing and a lot of talk
- No debate, but Cochran and Childers lobby for votes for Senate
- Entergy agrees to cut $35M from its new rate plan
- Ford Foundation gives to UM for new science building
- Kemper County plant will cost at least another $496M to complete