Puyallup tribal membership elected Herman Dillon, Sr. and Marguerite “Maggie” Edwards June 4 during the 2011 general election.
Dillon received the most votes for what will likely be the last term of his more than 30-year career on council, with 426 votes.
Edwards, a past council member and code writer for the tribe, received 396 votes.
James Miles, Sr. came in third with 296 votes, and Nancy Shippentower-Games tallied in at 224.
“I think the election went well, and hopefully everything will continue to go right from here,” Dillon, said.
The freshly elected council members officially began their three-year terms at the swearing-in ceremony June 9, at which time council will select a chair and a vice chair to lead the governing body.
As of press time, those positions had not been selected.
At 80 years old, long-time Councilmember and Chairman Dillon said he will likely not run again.
“I am very appreciative of their (the membership’s) support and trust in me. I will continue what I’ve done in the past and that’s working for (the membership). I don’t work for myself, I work for them… If they fail, so do I, and I’m not about to let that happen.”
Edwards, who has been working as a code writer under the direction of the council for the last seven months, has experience in tribal government as well. She served on Puyallup Tribal Council from 1989 to 1992, and 1997 to 2006.
She said after taking a brief hiatus from working, she is ready to get back in the game and ensure the best possible future for the membership.
“I needed a rest, a chance to re-charge my batteries,” she said.
“It’s a hard job and it’s 24-7. Our council does a wonderful job of making themselves available and handling the big stuff as well as the little stuff. I have nothing but respect for our office and the people there.”
Edwards said her primary goal while in office is to maintain all current benefits for the tribal membership, as well as expanding and diversifying the tribe’s economic portfolio.
“I’m super happy and grateful that the membership put their trust in me. I am going to work hard to make them proud – work hard every day for them.”