2016 Elections



            Tom Wooten — 311 Votes                                                    


Dana Matthews — 303 Votes 


  • Dave Blackinton — 224 Votes
  • Jenna Burnett — 183 Votes
  • Shawn MacAvoy — 73 Votes
  • Larry Thomas Jr. — 110 Votes

These individuals are running for the following positions:

Position #1 Chairman

  • Thomas Wooten

Position #3 Secretary

  • Dana Matthews

Position #5 & #6 Council Members (2 positions open)

  • David Blackinton
  • Shawn Mac Avoy
  • Jenna Strand
  • Larry Thomas Jr.

2016 Elections Schedule

Official Notice of Tribal Council Elections to be held June 26, 2016

Message from the 2016 Election Board:

The petition of candidacy forms and any related candidacy statements (including photos) will be collected by Pat Dunn, Eleciton Superintendent by close of business on May 12, 2016. Sarah Boersma and Peggy Waters are the other members of the 2016 Election Board.

Contact information for Election Superintendent:

Pat Dunn – (360)202-6276

Samish Indian Nation is having our 2016 elections contractor, TrueBallot, Inc., send absentee ballots to each eligible voter in the Tribe.

In person voting will take place as usual under the oversight of the Election Board and with the technical assistance of TrueBallot, Inc. at the General Council Meeting to be held:

Where    Fidalgo Bay Resort
     4701 Fidalgo Bay Road
     Anacortes, WA 98221
When    June 26, 2016
Polling Times    8am to 12pm

If you woud like to run for Office you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be an enrolled member of the Samish Indian Nation
  • Be 21 years of age or older on the annual General Council Meeting (June 26, 2016); and
  • Have resided in the State of Washington for at least one year immediately preceding the election; and
  • Be the only member of the household who is running for office in this election or any subsequent election.

Tribal Council Positions up for election in 2016:

  • Position #1: Chairman –  4 year term
  • Position #3: Secretary – 4 year term
  • Position #5: Council Member – 4 year term
  • Position #6: Council Member – 4 year term

Petition of Candidacy: Click to Download

On a form to be provided by the Election Board, you must file a petition of candidacy signed by at least ten (10) enrolled members of the Samish Indian Nation who are eligible to vote. Petition of candidacy forms must be received via United States Postal Service no later than close of business on May 12, 2016.

Any candidate who wants to provide a statement for publication in the 2016 Voters Pamphlet should also submit to the Election Board a candidacy statement not to exceed 300 words and an optional photo along with their petition of candidacy.

Mail to:

Samish Indian Nation

PO Box 161

Anacortes, WA 98221

In addition to the downloadable link, you may pick up a Petition of Candidacy Form at the Samish Administration Office.