18 on ballots for Tribal seatsPublished 5:00am Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Two at large Tribal Council seats and the office of vice chairman are what hang in the balance in the 2012 Poarch Band of Creek Indians Tribal elections that will be decided this Saturday.
Vying for the office of vice chairman are three candidates: Stephanie Bryan, current PCI vice chairman; David W. Gehman, current PCI secretary; Garvis Sells, current PCI Tribal Council member.
Bryan will attempt to retain her seat as vice chairman. Bryan was elected to the council in 2006 and also serves as chairman of the Tribal Gaming Commission. She is also a member of the budget and finance legislative committee as well as the education and labor legislative committee. Bryan is married to Keith Bryan and has three children, Keisha, Brannon, Nikki and one grandson, Blaize. Gehman was first elected to the Tribal Council in 1995 and served as Tribal treasurer until 2001. In 2009, Gehman was elected as Tribal secretary. Gehman lives in Atmore with his wife and four children. Sells is a current member of the Tribal Council and has been an active member and vice chairman of the Tribal Employment Rights Office (TERO), which promotes tribal member employment and advancement. He and his wife, Catherine Jackson Sells, live in Poarch.
A total of 15 candidates have thrown their hats into the ring for the two at large seats coming available this year, including: Dewitt Carter; Rodney Exum; Sandy Fretwell Hollinger; Eddie Jackson; Gloria Sells Krafka; Paul Lundy; Keith Martin, current Tribal Council member; Leasha Martin; William Daniel McGhee (Boone); Janet McGhee Rodriguez; Isaac Rolin; Valerie Barnhill Taylor; Vivian Walker; Carolyn McGhee White; write in Michael Friedman.
Voting will begin Saturday at the Poarch S.A.I.L. Center at 8 a.m. and will continue until 7 p.m.