January 17, 2013 | Vol. 39, No. 3

Final vote count for PIA is complete

The Petersburg Indian Association met Monday evening for a final election canvas and to swear in new members in attendance.

Shelly Pope
Petersburg Indian Association board members were sworn in Monday evening after a final canvas of the election. Barb King swore in (from left) Skip Hallingstad, Jeannette Ness and Melanie Fretz-Hallingstad.

The final tally for the PIA chair position was 53 votes for Tina Sakamoto and 33 for Mike Sheldon. The board positions go to Jeannette Ness with 75, Melanie Frentz-Hallingstad with 71, Skip Hallingstad with 67 and Carol Martinez and Darnell Wilton come in with 23 and 20 votes.

Sakamoto, Ness and Frentz-Hallingstad are incumbents taking seats with Hallingstad taking a seat as a newcomer.

β€œI would like to take this opportunity to thank Ron Ware for his service to PIA in all the years he has served as a member of this board,” Board Member Jeannette Ness said. β€œHe has served the community and PIA well and he will be missed.”

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