WINDOW ROCK – Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley Jr. won a second term Tuesday, handily defeating a challenger vying to become the first female leader of the nation’s largest Indian reservation.
With all of the tribe’s 110 chapter houses reporting results, Shirley had 34,813 votes to Lovejoy’s 30,214.
No Navajo leader has served back-to-back terms since 1982, when Peter MacDonald left office after serving 12 years.
Shirley, 58, told supporters, “Some people may disagree but the majority know we’re leading a nation in the right direction.”
Lovejoy, a former New Mexico state lawmaker and a member of the Public Regulation Commission, had hoped to pull off an upset in unseating Shirley, a former tribal council delegate who has guided the Navajo Nation for four years.
Conceding defeat Tuesday night, she congratulated Shirley on stage and said she hoped to work with the president. She said she hoped he would incorporate some of the ideas she broached on the campaign trail, including greater openness in government, into his second term.
Her own candidacy, she said, was ground-breaking.
“It sure opened up opportunities for women that didn’t think this was ever possible,” she said.
Your voices: Election 2006
Your Voices: Election 2006
Tucson voters speak.
Producer: Tucson Citizen
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Audrey Gamez, 64: "She has done a good job with more money for schools and student vocational education," said Gamez of Gov. Janet Napolitano. "It's important because if you have a trade, you have a head start so you can move on to college if you want to."
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Scott Darlage, 30: Voted for Democrat Jim Pederson. "I think he's a good moderate Democrat and can work with both the Republicans and the Democrats. He's a good middle of the road candidate. Kyl is extrememly conservative."
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Lorenzo Cotton, 58: Has concerns about propositions that were "a slant and an assault against Mexicans." Cotton voted against giving private companies use of public land for development: "I don't think that's right."
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William Munday, 76: "This year I voted across the board Democrat. I never did before. But I just need a change. Everyone in that whole House needs a change."
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Jerry Esquivel, 45: Voted for the increase of the minimum wage. "We can't live on this - living at $5.15 an hour. If you rent an apartment, you can't buy food. But then if you go to the food stamp office, they say you are making too much money. You have to work two or three jobs."
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Nick Schneider, 35: "I am fairly annoyed with the current administration. I think Democrats have a good chance of taking over the House but I am not so sure about the Senate."
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Jeremy Quinones, 26: Voted against Gov. Janet Napolitano. "I just don't like her." He voted for U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl "because my mom told me to. I pretty much voted for all the Republicans."
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Kate Reeve, 52: Voted for Gabrielle Giffords because, "I am terrified of Randy Graf. I disagree with Giffords' border politics. I believe everybody should have the right to integrate."
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Jennifer Maloney, 22: A Pima Community College student and retail worker, Maloney smokes half a pack a day but voted for a ban on smoking. "Nobody else wants to smoke with me and I can always smoke in my house."
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Erik Wright, 21: He is concerned about there not being enough information put out on the propositions. "In my eyes these propositions need to be read deeply. I didn't vote on too many because I wasn't too aware of the issues."
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Mandy and Donald Butler are promoting a yes vote for Proposition 201 outside the library at 9640 E. Golf Links Rd.
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Dist. 29 House candidate Bruce Murchison stopped by the library at 9640 E. Golf Links Rd. to find out that 255 people voted there by 1 p.m.
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Jacqueline Jones, 37: Voted a straight Democratic ticket. The war in Iraq is a big issue for her. "Not that I think we should cut and run." She thinks the war would end more quickly if Democrats control the House.
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Nancy Maloney, 47: Voted a straight ticket. "It wasn't so much that they are Democrats -- mostly we wanted to send a message to Washington."
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Dolores Mills, no age given: Proposition 201 was most important for her. "No on gay marriage -- I don't think the government should have anything to say about it."
Source: GARY GAYNOR/Tucson Citizen
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Online poll: What election result most surprised you?
Gov. Janet Napolitano's win: 2%
Sen. Jon Kyl's win: 17%
Gabrielle Giffords' win in Congressional District 8: 10%
Proposition 107, "Protect Marriage Arizona": 44%
Proposition 207, eminent domain: 7%
Propositions 201 and 206, the smoking bans: 16%
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