Miskokomon New Walpole Island Chief

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Dan Miskokomon has been elected chief of Walpole Island.

It was a close vote on Saturday with Miskokomon receiving 240 votes and candidate Charles Sampson getting 228. Current Chief Burton Kawayosh did not run for re-election, serving only one term.

There were eight candidates overall and 1,099 valid ballots were submitted by voters in the election.

Walpole Island residents also voted in 12 members for their band council, with 43 candidates vying for the position.

The newly elected officials will begin their term on June 23. Elections are held every two years on Walpole Island.