Cocopah tribe again elects Cordova to top role

From Staff Reports | Posted: Monday, July 14, 2014 10:30 pm

Members of the Cocopah Indian Tribe have given their leader yet another vote of confidence, once again electing Sherry Cordova to the post of council chairwoman, a position she has held for 18 years.

The local tribe held its election on Friday. Leaders announced the official results on Monday.

The tribe also elected J. Deal Begay Jr. to the post of vice chairman, along with council members Carlos Pereyra, Rosa Long and Edmund Domingues.

Cordova and Pereya were the only incumbents re-elected, according to Jonathan Athens, director of communications for the Cocopah Indian Tribe.

Dale Phillips serves as vice chairman on the outgoing council, along with council members Irwin Twist and Neil White.

The tribe will hold a swearing-in ceremony for the 2014 council on Friday, July 25.

Cordova was first elected to the council in 1980 and served as vice chairwoman from 1982 to 1996. She has served as the chairwoman since then.

Cordova was not available for a comment to the Yuma Sun by press time Monday.

The council members will serve two-year terms.

The tribe holds its elections town hall-style, where tribal members nominate candidates, vote and count ballots all in one evening. The elections traditionally begin with the chair, followed by vice chair, and then the three candidates with the highest number of votes cast are elected as council members.