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Tsawwassen First Nation chief wins second election

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