One of Sealaska’s most vocal critics is now a member of the Southeast regional Native corporation’s board of directors.
Shareholders chose Michael Beasley, also known as Mick, as one of four winning candidates, according to results announced at Sealaska’s annual meeting Saturday in Ketchikan.
He came in behind three incumbents, who ran as the board slate. They are Inside Passage Electric Cooperative CEO Jodi Mitchell, Tlingit and Haida Business Corporation CEO Richard Rinehart and National Congress of American Indians Executive Director Jackie Johnson Pata.
A fourth incumbent, Patrick Anderson, ran as an independent and lost.
Beasley, a carver, authored a term-limits measure on this year’s ballot. It received a majority of the votes cast, but not the majority of all possible ballots. As a result, it will not take effect.
Beasley has put similar measures on Sealaska’s ballot in the past, along with several to eliminate discretionary voting. That allows shareholders to turning their ballot decisions over to the board.
Bother approaches would change the board’s makeup and likely its policies.
Four other independent candidates also ran for the 13-member board.
They were, in order of votes received, carver Doug Chilton, former Sealaska Corporate Secretary Nicole Hallingstad, Bartlett Regional Hospital Controller Karen Taug and financial advisor Brad Fluetsch.
Sealaska has 22,000 shareholders who mostly live in Southeast, other parts of Alaska and the Pacific Northwest.