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Martineau re-elected Fond du Lac secretary-treasurer

Ferdinand Martineau, incumbent secretary-treasurer of the Fond du Lac Reservation Business Committee, received an outright endorsement in last week's primary election to secure his second term of office. Martineau tallied 556 votes, or 59.78 perc...

Ferdinand Martineau
Ferdinand Martineau
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Ferdinand Martineau, incumbent secretary-treasurer of the Fond du Lac Reservation Business Committee, received an outright endorsement in last week's primary election to secure his second term of office. Martineau tallied 556 votes, or 59.78 percent of the overall total.

According to Lyman LaFave, chairman of the Fond du Lac General Election Board, the election ordinance of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe states that if a candidate receives at least 51 percent of the overall vote in the band's primary election, he or she is automatically declared the winner and the candidate need not move on to the general election.

Vote totals for other candidates vying for the office of secretary-treasurer included: Patricia Petite, 270; Eugene Reynolds, 67; and Gerald Steven Mrozik, 37.

In the primary race for the office of District II-Sawyer representative, the top two candidates who earned the right to move on to the June 8 general election are incumbent Sandra Shabiash with a vote total of 86 and Russ Northrup with a total of 58.

Other candidates in that race included: Blake Blacketter Evanson, 31 votes; Connie Saaristo, 20; and Geraldine Defoe, 16.

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Of the 3,530 eligible voters, 936 participated for a total of 26.52 percent.

In his run for re-election to the office of secretary-treasurer, Martineau's platform included maintenance of the reservation's per capita payments, problem solving and planning for divisions and departments, an open door policy for all enrollees and continuation of the reservation's land purchase program.

During his first term in office, Martineau helped oversee the completion of the Black Bear Casino Resort expansion, the development of a supportive housing project that will house 24 families and the construction of a new office complex for the Resource Management Department.

He listed among his current projects the completion of the tribal college and final planning for an assisted living complex.

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