Former chief falls in council election
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 1:00 AM
Former Choctaw Tribal Chief Beasley Denson was defeated resoundingly in his bid for the Standing Pine Tribal Council seat last Tuesday, a position he held previously for five terms before being elected chief six years ago.
Denson received about 15 percent of the vote in the election on June 11 won by incumbent Vice Chief Kevin Jody Edwards, who received nearly 50 percent.
Edwards had 181 votes over Richard "Rocky" Sockey, who polled 130 votes to Denson's 56 for the Leake County seat.
Denson was first elected to the Tribal Council in 1975 and during his five terms he served as both secretary-treasurer and vice chief.
In 2007, he unseated longtime Chief Phillip Martin by 211 votes, or 53 percent, to win his first term as chief.
In 2011, Phyliss J. Anderson unseated Denson with nearly 60 percent of the vote to become the first female to lead the 10,000-member Tribe that is headquartered in Neshoba County.
Other winners in the June 11 Tribal Council elections included:
Cheriena Ben and Stella York Willis at Pearl River;
Roderick Bell and Ronnie Henry at Bogue Chitto;
Dorothy B. Wilson at Tucker;
Joseph Wesley at Crystal Ridge in Winston County;
Hilda Nickey and Troy Chickaway at Conehatta in Newton County.
Certified returns from the Tribal Elections Office:
Bogue Chitto: Ronnie Henry - 325; Roderick Bell - 180; V. Diamond Hundley - 162; Doris Thompson - 126; Annie Bell - 44; Gabriel Keith Thompson - 30; and Marsha Berry - 29.
Conehatta: Troy Chickaway - 233; Hilda Nickey - 159; Ferrell Thomas - 107; Timothy Thomas - 97; Durnene Farmer - 89; Jesse Thomas - 82; Henry Shumake - 74; Merida Stephens - 60; Gregory Shoemake - 52; Shaun Grant - 41; Mike Anderson - 37; Craig Bell - 28; Richardson Chickaway - 28; Loretta Williams - 22; and Elray King - 19.
Crystal Ridge: Joseph Wesley - 35; Ann Wesley - 21; Savannah Galvan - 18; and Alexander Hickman - 8.
Pearl River: Stella York Willis - 258; Cheriena Ben - 208; Dwight Jenkins - 181; Lola Parkerson - 152; Barry McMillan - 148; Oretta Conrad - 147; Nikki Comby - 117; Lamona Willis - 108; Vickie Rangel - 103; Kenneth York - 84; Tracy Trolle - 74; Mack Jimmie - 70; Nolan Mitch - 62; Marion Williams - 41; Henderson Williams - 23; Tamara Willis - 18; and Cynthia Isaac - 18.
Standing Pine: Kevin Edwards - 181; Richard Sockey - 130; and Beasley Denson - 56.
Tucker: Dorothy Wilson - 115; Tony Martin - 66; Wilma Simpson - 52; Michael Runnels - 28; Melissa Charlie - 27; Cynatta Gardner - 25; Brenda Stephens - 25; Harlon Bell - 15; and Jeremy Bell - 13.