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Isleta Pueblo Issues Notice to Declare Your Candidacy for 2015-2016

symbolNotice to Declare Candidacy

Verna Teller, Secretary of the Isleta Tribal Council, issued a notice announcing that persons seeking public office for 2015-2016 must register their candidacy with the Isleta Tribal Council’s Office.

The deadline to register is Wednesday, October 15, 2014, @ 4:30 p.m.

Qualifications – Isleta Tribal Council

The qualifications to run for a seat on the Isleta Tribal Council are:

  • Be an enrolled member of the Pueblo1)Isleta Tribal Const. art. V, §4.;
  • Be at least 25 years of age at the time of the election2)Id.;
  • Lived continuously on the lands of the Pueblo for at least five (5) years immediately preceding the election. (This requirement does not apply to a person whose absence resulted from military service or attendance at an institution of learning)3)Id.; and
  • Have no felony convictions4)Isleta Tribal Const. art. VII, §1.  NOTE: The Constitution states, “Any elected or appointed officer of the Pueblo and any member of the council who, during the term for which he is elected or appointed, is convicted of a felony, shall thereupon forfeit his office.”  In contrast, the Constitution expressly prohibits a person already convicted of a felony from seeking the office of Governor..

Qualifications – Governor

The qualifications to run for Governor of the Pueblo are:

  • Be an enrolled member of the Pueblo. 5)Isleta Tribal Const. art. IV, §3(a).
  • Lived continuously on the lands of the Pueblo for at least five (5) years immediately preceding the election. 6)Id at art. IV, §3(b).  NOTE: For the Governor’s Office, the Constitution is silent on whether a person may run for this office, if the person lived off the reservation due to military service or attending an institution of learning.
  • Have no felony convictions. 7)Id at art. IV, §3(d).
  • Be at least 35 years of age at the time of the election. 8)Id at art. IV, §3(d).

Register to Vote

Tribal members must register to vote. The registration will occur on Saturday, October 25, 2014, and Sunday, October 16, 2014, from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Isleta Elderly Center – Kiva Room. At the time of registration, voters may nominate the candidate of their choice for the Council and for the Governor.

Isleta Tribal Council

The top 24 candidates receiving the highest number of nominations shall remain on the ballot for the election.9)Isleta Tribal Const. art. VI, §5.

Governor

The top 3 candidates receiving the highest number of nominations shall remain on the ballot for the election.10)Isleta Tribal Const. art. VI, §5.

Election Day

Election Day will be on Saturday, November 29, 2014, from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Elderly Center – Kiva Room. ONE DAY ONLY.

You CANNOT vote by absentee ballot. You must go to the Elderly Center to vote.

To view the Official Notice, click: Notice for Declaration of Candidacy

Drug Testing of Candidates

The official public notice makes reference to Resolution #2006-157, which apparently gives persons seeking public office an opportunity to submit to a drug test voluntarily.  The notice states that the results of the drug test or a person’s refusal to submit to a drug test shall be posted at the polling place. 

I have not yet seen Resolution #2006-157. Nevertheless, based on the “official notice,” submitting to a drug test is completely voluntary. The Isleta Tribal Constitution does not require persons to submit to a drug test. 

 

References   [ + ]

1. Isleta Tribal Const. art. V, §4.
2, 3. Id.
4. Isleta Tribal Const. art. VII, §1.  NOTE: The Constitution states, “Any elected or appointed officer of the Pueblo and any member of the council who, during the term for which he is elected or appointed, is convicted of a felony, shall thereupon forfeit his office.”  In contrast, the Constitution expressly prohibits a person already convicted of a felony from seeking the office of Governor.
5. Isleta Tribal Const. art. IV, §3(a).
6. Id at art. IV, §3(b).  NOTE: For the Governor’s Office, the Constitution is silent on whether a person may run for this office, if the person lived off the reservation due to military service or attending an institution of learning.
7, 8. Id at art. IV, §3(d).
9, 10. Isleta Tribal Const. art. VI, §5.

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