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Filing period starts Thursday for Navajo Nation election

FARMINGTON — The two-week filing period for the Navajo Nation president, tribal council and various offices begins at 8 a.m. Thursday.

This year’s election also will determine who will serve on the Navajo Board of Election Supervisors and the Navajo Nation Board of Education.

The election board and the education board each have one seat open from the Northern, Eastern, Western, Central and Fort Defiance agencies.

There are two commissioner positions open for the Naschitti Community Governance in the Naschitti Chapter.

In the community of Kayenta, Arizona, residents will determine open seats on the Kayenta Township Commission.

The cost to file is $1,500 for the president, $500 for the tribal council and $200 for all other positions.

Candidates may pick up and file paperwork at the election administration offices in Shiprock and Crownpoint, and in Chinle, Tuba City and Window Rock in Arizona.

The election administration offices are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. The filing period will close at 5 p.m. May 30.

Virginia Nelson, a voter registration specialist at the election administration office in Shiprock, said the five offices will be closed on May 30. Nelson said anyone needing to file paperwork that day should submit documentation to the Navajo Election Administration, which will set up a station in the auditorium at the Navajo Education Center in Window Rock.

Election offices will be closed May 28 in observance of Memorial Day, she added.

The primary election is Aug. 28, and the general election is Nov. 6.

Noel Lyn Smith covers the Navajo Nation for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4636 or by email at


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