Tulalip Tribes members held elections Saturday, March 31, to fill two three-year terms on the Tribes' Board of Directors. Following polling at the Tulalip Resort, the tribal membership re-elected Marlin Fryberg Jr. for a second term and selected Deborah Parker for her first term on the Board.
Officers of the board were also elected following the polling and during the Annual General Council meeting on the same date. Mel Sheldon Jr., current chairman, was returned to that position. Newcomer Deborah Parker was named vice-chairman; Glen Gobin was elected secretary and Chuck James continues to represent the Tribes as treasurer.
Elected board members and officers will be sworn in and take office at the first meeting of the board in April.
"Our tribal membership spoke with their votes on Saturday, telling us we are moving in the right direction overall," said Sheldon. "I speak for all us of when I say that we are extremely grateful and humbled by the support of our people."
Nine candidates were on the ballot for the two board positions. Of 1,013 ballots cast, Parker garnered the most support with 527 votes. Fryberg came in second with 393 votes. Incumbent Marie Zackuse was third in the polling.