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Marie Spry wins Grand Portage Tribal Council committee person seat

The polls have closed in the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa election for the Tribal Council committeeperson seat. Marie Spry, who served as committeeperson in the past, and for a short time as Tribal Chair, has won the race.

Spry received 54.84 percent of votes cast, or 136. She received 74 absentee votes and 62 votes at the polls. Incumbent Rick Anderson garnered 45.16 percent of the vote, with 112 total votes. He earned 72 absentee votes and 40 at the polls.

Overseeing the polls was Judge Toby Stevens, Clerk Jason Burnett, Teller Vivian Carlson and Alternate Larry Manthey.

The results of the August 18, 2020 vote are unofficial until certified by the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe.

Spry will assume the Tribal Council seat sometime in September, joining new Tribal Chair Robert “Bobby” Deschampe.