Four candidates for Vice Chairman of the Colorado River Indian Tribes have had their petitions certified by the Tribal Council for the special election to be held Saturday, Sept. 18. This election is to fill the unexpired term of former Tribal Vice Chairman Keith Moses, who resigned July 20.
The four candidates are Dwight Lomayesva Jr., Richard Evans, Teddy Goodman, and former CRIT Chairman Dennis Patch.
Patch had served as Tribal Chairman until the start of this year. He lost a bid for reelection in December 2020 to Amelia Flores.
Moses was elected Tribal Vice Chairman in 2014, succeeding Sylvia Homer. He was re-elected in 2018.
Moses resigned in July 2021 following a conviction for DUI. Under the CRIT Constitution, he had to resign and the Tribal Council had to declare his position vacant after he was convicted of a felony or misdemeanor while in office.
Prior to his resignation, Tribal member Tim Stevens-Welsh had taken out a recall petition against Moses. In the petition, he stated the Tribal Constitution called for Moses to resign and for the Tribal Council to declare his position vacant.
Stevens-Welsh filed his recall papers on July 14. Moses’s resignation became effective six days later.
The special election is to fill the unexpired portion of Moses’s term. The term expires on Dec. 31, 2022.