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Chip Seymour shades Howie George to become Cowichan Tribes new chief

Chip Seymour was elected chief of Cowichan Tribes Thursday in a tight vote. - Peter W. Rusland
Chip Seymour was elected chief of Cowichan Tribes Thursday in a tight vote.
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Eleven votes made the big difference during Thursday's Cowichan Tribes' election for its new chief.

Chip Seymour was elected Tribes' new leader after gaining 354 votes.

That number shaded Howie George's 343 votes, after counting finished at 3:45 a.m. today.

Cowichan-born Seymour, 62, replaces Harvey Alphonse — who was also a candidate Thursday — for a two-year term after Seymour's first try for the chief's chair.

"Almost half of the 2,793 eligible voters came out to vote," said spokeswoman Jenn George.

Other hopefuls for chief included Harvey Alphonse (309 votes), Ron George (63), Lorissa Peters (59), Dick Williams (51),  Sharon Lewis (45), and Anthony Patrick Stock (34).

Tribes' 12 councillors were also elected from among 62 candidates.

Councillors for the new two-year term are Charlie Arvid Charlie, Andrew Canute, Albie Charlie, Stephanie Charlie, Cindy Daniels, Diane Daniels, Garrett Elliott, Matthew Louie, Chuck Seymour, Dora Wilson, Debra Toporowski, and Chip Seymour.

 

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