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Butler reelected chairman of Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Council

Mashantucket — Mashantucket Pequot tribal members elected Rodney Butler to a fifth consecutive three-year term as chairman of the tribal council Sunday after electing him to a seventh council term in a separate vote.

Butler, first elected to the council in 2003 and having served as chairman since 2010, was the only council member nominated for chairman, according to Lori Potter, a tribal spokeswoman.

In Sunday's first vote at the tribal community center, incumbent Daniel Menihan and newcomer Michele Scott gained the other council seats up for election. Incumbent Richard E. Sebastian, who was seeking a seventh non-consecutive term, failed to win reelection, Potter said.

Menihan will serve a third consecutive term.

A total of seven candidates vied for the three available seats on the seven-member council, which governs the more than 1,100-member tribe and oversees management of Foxwoods Resort Casino and the tribe’s other business enterprises.

The councilors whose terms were not up Sunday are Latoya Cluff, Matthew Pearson, Merrill Reels and Crystal Whipple.

— Brian Hallenbeck



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