Losing to the current principal chief two years ago, Chad Smith announced this morning that he will run for his old job in the 2015 Cherokee Nation elections.
It sets up a rematch between Smith and Bill John Baker, who took office in 2011 after an election that included four recounts, a federal intervention and a re-vote.
“Some will say that it is best that I not run because of those who oppose me,” Smith said this morning during a press conference at the Tulsa Press Club downtown. “I say I run because of those who support me.
Of Baker’s term as principal chief, Smith said it is “promises made, promises broken. The Cherokee people have had enough.”
But he lost a re-election after federal authorities pressured the tribe to have a second election, counting the freedmen votes.