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Mark Brown elected to fill Mohegan council vacancy created by brother's departure

Mohegan — Less than four months after losing his bid for a seventh Mohegan Tribal Council term, Mark Brown has won a special election to fill the council seat vacated by his younger brother, Kevin, who resigned amid controversy in July.

In voting that ended Sunday, tribal members elected Mark Brown in a race among three candidates, according to sources.

Brown declined to comment Monday on his return to the nine-member council, pending his swearing in next week.

He previously served six consecutive terms of varying lengths, winning council elections in 1995, 2000, 2005, 2007, 2011 and 2015. Council terms are now four years. Brown served as council chairman from 2000 to 2005.

Brown’s previous council term officially ended Oct. 7. Brown was one of two incumbents who failed to win reelection, the other being Joe Smith, a cousin of the Browns.

Kevin Brown resigned from the council following what sources have said was an independent investigation into allegations that he violated the tribe’s code of ethics. He had stepped down as council chairman in February, a move the tribe attributed at the time to “personal reasons.”

In October, council members elected James Gessner Jr. as chairman.

Voting in a primary had narrowed the field of candidates for Kevin Brown’s seat to three finalists — Mark Brown, Ken Davison and Jay Ihloff.

b.hallenbeck@theday.com

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