ONAMIA -- Incumbent Mille Lacs Band Chief Executive Melanie Benjamin received more than 50 percent of the votes in the band's primary election Tuesday, which is enough to make a general election in June unnecessary for this position.
The vote gives Benjamin her second four-year term as chief executive.
The vote totals were: Melanie Benjamin, 467; Marge Anderson, 211; Melvin Eagle, 113; Robert Dorr, 51; Daniel Boyd, 37; George LaFave, 9; Bahwahsung Merrill, 9; voids/blanks, 18.
The total number of votes equaled 915.
Benjamin was elected to her first four-year term in 2000. She served as the band's commissioner of administration from 1989 to 1997, senior vice president of administration and finance at Grand Casino Hinckley and in several other positions with the Mille Lacs Band.
As chief executive, Benjamin leads the band's executive branch that implements band laws and administers programs and services.
The band's general election, to be held June 8, will determine the winner of the District I representative race.
District I, located on Mille Lacs Lake north of Onamia, is the largest area of the Mille Lacs Reservation. Sandra Blake, incumbent, and Alicia Skinaway are running for this position.
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