Andrew Meshue is newly elected to the Williams Lake Indian Band council.

Andrew Meshue is newly elected to the Williams Lake Indian Band council.

New members elected to council at Sugar Cane

Willie Sellars and Rick Gilbert have been re-elected to the Williams Lake Indian Band council for four-year terms.

Willie Sellars and Rick Gilbert have been re-elected to the Williams Lake Indian Band council for four-year terms.

Joining them on council is newcomer Andrew Meshue, replacing Willie Sure who chose not to run again.

The band election was held at Sugar Cane Thursday, Aug. 18, and drew 147 voters, said Chief Ann Louie.

“We had a little bit higher voter turnout than normal,” Louie told the Tribune Friday.

Sellars garnered 82 votes, Meshue received 63 and Gilbert received 55.

The other contenders — Willie Abbey won 45 votes; David Cady, 33 votes; Earl R. Thomas, 28 votes; Jamie Thomas, 46 votes; and Holly Wycotte, 39 votes.

“I am excited about the results,” Louie said. “Andrew has been a long-term employee of the Williams Lake Indian Band and now works for the Northern Shuswap Tribal Council as the natural resources and fisheries manager.”

It will be a learning curve for Meshue, Louie said, but added that with Sellars and Gilbert returning to the council there is stability.

Louie has another two years in her term, along with councillors Heather McKenzie and Chris Wycotte.