Navajo Vice President Jonathan Nez tops 17 others in Navajo Nation presidential race.
Published August 29, 2018
President Russell Begaye, came in fifth place, denied second term
WINDOW ROCK — Current Navajo Nation Vice President Jonathan Nez beat incumbent President Russell Begaye in the Navajo Nation’s presidential primary election on Tuesday. Coming is fifth of a field of 18 vying for the presidency of the Navajo Nation, Begaye was denied a second term as president.
The final unofficial vote count was 14.105 for Nez and 6,947 for Shirley, who was the Navajo Nation president for two terms from 2005-2011. Begaye received 3,883 votes. The primary election brought out 57.51 percent of registered Navajo citizens who cast their votes, which was 50,612 out of 88,007 registered to vote.
“I’m very humbled by the votes we received tonight. The nez4prez team will regroup and begin to focus,” Vice President told Native News Online Tuesday night.
Per the Navajo Nation laws, Nez will face off against former Navajo Nation Joe Shirley, Jr., who came in second.
Former Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley, Jr.
“I have answered the call of my hometown constituents in Kayenta and Shonto to run for Navajo Nation President. I have also listened to the countless Navajo constituents, youth and elders, whom I met at various events around the Navajo Nation asking me to run for President. I traveled hundreds of miles on foot with countless others who have joined the movement for health and fitness, all the while encouraging me to run for office,” says Nez on his Facebook Jonathan Nez#4Prez page.
Navajo tribal election officials reported results of the prmary election from a sports arena in Window Rock, Arizona, the capital of the Navajo Nation.
The general election is on November 6, 2018.