Ta’an elects new chief

Kristina Kane is the new chief of the Ta'an Kwach'an Council. Kane, a former councillor, won with 67 of the 150 ballots cast in this week's election. Alice McGuire took 46 votes.

Kristina Kane is the new chief of the Ta’an Kwach’an Council. Kane, a former councillor, won with 67 of the 150 ballots cast in this week’s election.

Alice McGuire took 46 votes. Richard Martin, the previous deputy chief, received 37 of the votes.

Michelle Telep was acclaimed as deputy chief after it was found that the second candidate, Felicia Gordon, did not meet the requirements to run.

There were 384 names on the voters’ list, said chief returning officer Georgina Leslie. Thirty-five ballots were cast by mail, she said. These came from citizens in British Columbia and Alaska.

The voter turnout was “slightly down” from the last election three years ago, she said.

Kane, McGuire and Martin did not respond to interview requests before press time.