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Navajo woman fails in leadership campaign

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.
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