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04/11/2013 12:50 EDT | Updated 06/11/2013 05:12 EDT

Tsawwassen First Nation chief wins second election

Members of the Tsawwassen First Nation have confirmed Bryce Williams will be their chief, after his 2012 upset victory was overturned because of a discrepancy in advertising.

The 23-year-old was re-elected to lead B.C.'s first urban First Nations government yesterday. Williams defeated his only challenger, six-time chief Kim Baird, by 20 votes — nine more than his margin of victory in the September election.

Baird says she's disappointed that she wasn't elected, but she's satisfied with the results.

"I'm pleased that there's a much better turnout of the membership so everyone got their say. I'm also please, in some ways, that the vote was close, so I think I had a respectable showing, if you will," said Baird.

Under Baird the Tsawwassen First Nation won self-government — carrying the status of a municipality — in a landmark treaty in 2009, and was active in developing its lands.

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