Siletz residents Sharon Edenfield, Reggie Butler Sr. and Angela Ramirez were elected to the Tribal Council of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians in elections held today.
Edenfield was re-elected with 343 votes, Butler was re-elected with 303 votes; and Ramirez was elected with 300 votes. Eight candidates ran for the three open positions and the three who received the most votes were elected.
These individuals will serve with Lillie Butler and Alfred (Bud) Lane III, both of Siletz, and Delores Pigsley from Keizer, Ore., whose terms expire in 2019; and with Loraine Butler of Siletz, Gloria Ingle of Lincoln City and Robert Kentta of Logsden, whose terms expire in 2020. Term of office is three years for each position on the nine-member council.
Seven hundred nine ballots were returned and accepted. Enrolled members of the Siletz Tribe who are age 18 and older are eligible to vote in Tribal elections. The Tribe has more than 5,200 enrolled members.
The swearing-in ceremony for the newly elected council members will take place tomorrow (Sunday) at 11 a.m. at the Tribal administration building in Siletz. Officers, elected on an annual basis, also will be chosen at that time.