From left: Darrell Shay, Nancy Eschief Murillo, Blaine Edmo and Gary Watson.
By LORI ANN EDMO
FORT HALL — Darrell Shay, Nancy Eschief Murillo, Blaine J. Edmo and Gary Watson were the top vote getters in the March 29 Shoshone-Bannock Tribes Primary Election.
Shay received 248 votes, Eschief Murillo 242 votes, Edmo 217 votes and Watson 200. Other candidates in the running: Darrell Tendoy 186; Marina Fast Horse 182; Sherwin Racehorse 150 votes and Luke Eagle 72 votes.
They now face the four incumbents: Ladd Edmo, Nathan Small, Donna Thompson and Lee Juan Tyler in the May 31 General Election.
A total of 519 tribal voters cast their ballots in the election. There were 44 voter registrations completed at the polls and 1,175 prior to the election for a total of 1,219. A total of 42 percent of the registered tribal voters turned out to vote.
Nancy Eschief Murillo thanked the Election Board and the clerks for their work. “I want to thank the membership for the votes. It was a great effort.”
Darrell Shay spoke in the Shoshone language initially then English. “Thank you tribal members – going to round two. I want to congratulate those who didn’t make it –they put their best foot forward and they had a lot of good ideas.”