FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - Hopis are voting Thursday to narrow the list of candidates for the tribe's top two elected offices.
The top two vote-getters in the chairman and vice chairman races move on to the Nov. 9 general election.
Whoever is chosen will lead the small northern Arizona tribe at a time when it's expected to face a significant loss in coal royalties with the closure of a power plant in 2019.
Current Chairman Herman Honanie (ho-'NON-ee), Vice Chairman Alfred Lomahquahu (low-MAH'-qua-hoo) Jr., tribal lawmaker David Norton Talayumptewa (tuh-lie-YUM'-ti-wuh) and political newcomer Tim Nuvangyaoma (new-VONG'-yow-mah) are seeking the chairman's post.
The three vice chairman candidates run separately.
Tribal registrar Karen Shupla says turnout generally is low. About 1,450 Hopis cast a ballot in the 2013 primary election.
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