Arizona

Nov 19, 2013 4:07 AM by Associated Press

Voters on Hopi reservation to elect chairman

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - Voters on the Hopi reservation will be electing a new chairman this week.

Herman Honanie and Todd Honyaoma Sr. were the top two vote-getters in the primary election earlier this month. Hopis will choose one of them Wednesday to step into the leadership post. The winner will be sworn in next month.

Both men have served as vice chairman of the tribe. Looking to fill that spot are Bacavi Gov. Alfred Lomahquahu (lo-MAH'-qua-who) Jr. and Hopi Chief Ranger Ronald Honyumptewa (hon-YUMP'-tee-wah).

The positions are elected independently of each other.

More than 1,600 Hopis cast ballots in the 2009 general election.

Voters are looking to the candidates to secure new sources of revenue for the tribe, ensure that villages remain autonomous, and promote and practice transparency.

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