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Robert Louie will lead Westbank First Nation for the next three years

WFN elects a new chief

Robert Louie has been elected to serve a ninth term as chief of Westbank First Nation.

The businessman was elected chief during Thursday's band elections, easily defeating another former chief, Roxanne Lindley in the voting.

Louie received 258 votes to Lindley's 127.

He last served as chief in 2016, when he was defeated by Lindley. Lindley herself lost position to Christopher Derickson in 2019.

The seat was vacant heading into Thursday's election after Derickson, citing corruption within WFN, resigned suddenly in June.

Two incumbent councillors also won re-election to the four member council.

Jordan Coble topped the 18-person field with 173 votes, while Andrea Alexander claims the final spot on council, receiving 113 votes, just four more than fifth place finisher and former councillor Brian Eli.

Angie Derrickson (148 votes) and Sara Tronson (130 votes) also won seats on council.

A third incumbent, Fernanda Alexander failed to win re-election, garnering just 40 votes.

A total of 391 people cast ballots in Thursday's election.

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