Benedict re-elected Akwesasne grand chief for third term

Akwesasne Grand Chief Abram Benedict. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston, File)

AKWESASNE – Abram Benedict has been re-elected for a third term as grand chief of Akwesasne.

Unofficial results show Benedict had 766 votes in the Saturday (June 26) election versus his only challenger, Marlon Johnson, with 213.

His percentage of the popular vote this time at 78 per cent was more than the 2018 election with 76 per cent. However, he had three challengers in 2018 versus one this time.

Benedict has been on Akwesasne council since 2006.

The four district chiefs for Cornwall Island will be: Vanessa Adams (187), Edward Roundpoint (157), Vincent “Vince” Thompson (115) and Jacqueline “Jackie” Benedict (112).

For Snye, it’s Joann Swamp (270), Dwayne Thomas (263), April Adams-Phillips (222) and Sarah-Lee Sunday-Diabo (208) who will serve as district chiefs.

In St. Regis, Ryan “Duck” Jacobs (116), Cynthia “Cindy” Francis-Mitchell (98), Julie Phillips-Jacobs (93) and Tom “Dooley” Thompson (88) were elected.

The election results from June 26 are unofficial until the appeal period is over, which is July 1 at 5 p.m.

Until then, anyone can appeal the results by submitting a written statement citing their reason under Akwesasne Election Law to the police station in St. Regis.