Diver reelected to top post on FDL Tribal CouncilKaren Diver was the top vote-getter in Tuesday’s general election, securing the title of tribal chairwoman outright and earning the right to move on to a full term in office.
By: Wendy Johnson, Pine Journal
It’s a brand, new day for the Fond du Lac Reservation’s Karen Diver. That’s because she was the top vote-getter in Tuesday’s general election, securing the title of tribal chairwoman outright and earning the right to move on to a full term in office.
Diver, who defeated challenger Patty Petite by a margin of 96 votes, was first elected to the post in January 2007 to fill the unexpired term of predecessor Peter Defoe following his resignation in fall 2006. Now Diver will be sworn into that office for a full four-year term beginning in July.
All the faces during Diver’s upcoming administration will not be the same, however. Challenger Wally Dupuis defeated incumbent Eugene Reynolds for the position of District 1-Cloquet representative, and in the primary vote for District 3-Brookston (held simultaneously with the general election due to the earlier contested vote), incumbent Roger “Bouda” Smith Sr. was edged out by challengers Anna Wait and Mary Sue Northrup. The general election for that position will take place on August 12.
The total number of votes cast in Tuesday’s election was 1,187, a number that election board officials termed as “about average” for an election on the reservation.
The vote totals recorded in Tuesday’s election are as follows:
• Tribal Chairwoman – Karen Diver, 637; Patty Petite, 541;
• District 1 - Cloquet Representative – Wally Dupuis, 416; Eugene Reynolds, 351;
• District 3 - Brookston Representative (Primary) – Anna Wait, 85; Mary Sue Northrup, 56; Roger “Bouda” Smith, Sr., 45; Debra Mallery, 18; Dawn LaPrairie, 15; Ernest W. Diver, 4; Jonathan Pensak, 4; and James D. Couture, 1.
“I am honored to have the support of the Fond du Lac people,” commented Diver the day following the general election.
“In my coming term,” she added, “I will continue to work hard to provide better services for band members.”