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Incumbents win more terms on Sealaska board

Sealaska shareholders have re-elected four incumbents to their regional Native corporation’s board of directors.

Richard Rinehart Jr., Jodi Mitchell, Jackie Johnson Pata and Patrick Anderson were the top vote-getters.

Results were announced Saturday at Sealaska’s annual meeting in Hoonah.

The board chose Alysha Guthrie as youth adviser for the next year.

The incumbents were challenged by 10 independent candidates, many critical of the corporation’s board and managers.

Mick Beasley, Myrna Gardner and Ralph Wolfe were the top independent vote-getters.

Sealaska says about 120 shareholders and guests attended the meeting in Hoonah. Another approximately 280 households viewed a webcast.

Board members chose Albert Kookesh and Rosita Worl to continue chairing and vice-chairing the panel. Top managers were also retained, including President and CEO Chris E. McNeil Jr.

Sealaska has about 22,000 tribal member shareholders.

2013 Annual Meeting Election Results (in shares cast)

Richard Rinehart Jr. – 601,423

Jodi Mitchell – 601,255

Jackie Johnson Pata – 600,927

Patrick Anderson – 600,487

Mick Beasley – 432,960

Myrna Gardner – 331,986

Ralph Wolfe – 245,620

Frank Jack III – 170,633

Angela Michaud – 118,294

Ernestine Hayes – 103,533

Will Micklin – 100,250

Richard Jack Strong – 95,982

Edward Sarabia Jr – 84,966

Bonnie Jo Borchick – 28,144

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