CATTARAUGUS TERRITORY - The final list of candidates running on the Caucus ballot with the officially sanctioned and recognized Seneca Party ticket have filed their candidacy. The official Seneca Party will hold its Caucus, which is akin to a primary vote, on Sept. 21 at the Gowanda VFW for the Cattaraugus Territory, and at the Allegany Indian Reservation Fire Hall for the Allegany Territory.
The sole Cattaraugus candidate that has formally filed to run for Seneca Nation President in the Seneca Party Caucus is Richard E. Nephew, four-term Councilor and current Chair of Council.
Running for Clerk from the Cattaraugus Territory is Geraldine Huff, the current Deputy Clerk who was also twice elected as Clerk. Twelve candidates have filed to appear on the caucus ballot in the race for four Cattaraugus Council seats.
Council candidates include: Jeff Gill, current board member on the Seneca Gaming Corporation, and a former Councilor; John W. Williams, current executive director of the Seneca Gaming Authority; Charles Scanlan, a businessman and construction company owner; Klint Nephew, Denise Bennett, Christine Jimerson, Sue Memmo, Sherry Casey, Dave Silverheels, Henry "Little Man" Gurule, Jill Serio, and Margie Schindler.
Running for Chief Marshall for Cattaraugus are Justine Kelly-Nephew and Brent Thompson.
Running for Marshals are: Lawrence Isaac, John Serio, and Nick Mohawk.
Running for Highway Commissioner is Ron Warrior.
Running for Assessor are: Nadine Maracle, Hilary Ground, and Paula Hill.
Running for Poormaster is Marty Lay.
The Allegany candidates that have announced their candidacy include, for Treasurer: Robert Odawi Porter, current President; and former President Rickey L. Armstrong, Sr.
Running for the four Allegany Council seats are: Diane Kennedy, current Clerk; Andrew Rozler, Trishelle John-Murphy, Holly Conners-Jimerson, Stephen Maybee, and Reginald Crouse:
Running for Chief Marshal is Brandon Crouse; for Marshals are Jerald Harris, Andrew Phearsdorf, and Christopher Runn.
Running for Assessor: Sandra Hill, Jordan Bowen, and Brenda Redeye.
Running for Poormaster Dorsie John Blue-Sky and Penny Seneca.
Running for Highway Commissioner, Linda Logan.
The official Seneca Party Caucus vote will take place from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 21. Votes will be registered by machine ballot.
The Seneca Nation will hold its general election on Tuesday, Nov. 6. The Seneca Nation elects a President every two years, and the President's office rotates between the Cattaraugus and Allegany Territories. This year the President's office will be held by a Seneca citizen from the Cattaraugus Territory. The Seneca Nation Constitution holds that no president shall serve consecutive terms. The Seneca Nation will also elect the Clerk, from the Cattaraugus Territory, Treasurer from the Allegany Territory, and eight Councilors; four from each territory. Councilors serve four-year staggered terms, with no term limits.