Although Stewart Pike was ousted from the Ute Tribe's governing Business Committee in a recall election last month, his name could appear on the ballot to elect a replacement.
The names of 12 Uncompahgre band members will appear on Ute Tribe primary election ballots Oct. 17 to fill the seat vacated due to Pike's recall. The 14-year Business Committee veteran and former chairman was recalled from office during a special election held last month by a vote of 131 in favor, 82 against.But tribal officials said nothing in the tribe's election law prevents an official who has been recalled from office from running again for the post he or she formerly held.
In fact, said election commission secretary Polly Parks, Pike received 20 nominations - more than any other nominee.
Many tribal members blamed Pike for controversy surrounding two general elections last summer to fill three vacant seats on the Business Committee. The contention arose when two of Pike's political allies both lost their bids for re-election.
Nominees for Pike's post also include three other former Business Committee members and eight political newcomers.
Parks said the names of all nominees will appear on the primary election ballot unless the election commission receives a written letter from the candidate asking that the name be withdrawn.
The top two candidates from the primary will proceed to the general election on Nov. 14. The winner will be seated during the first regularly scheduled Business Committee meeting in December.
The same election commission responsible for conducting the recall election will remain in place.