Sandoval: Reports of illegal campaigning for Shirley are false

By Bill Donovan
Special to the Times

GALLUP, March 20, 2014

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One of the things that is common in every tribal election for president is for those in power to be accused of violating laws that call for tribal politics not to interfere with the running of the government.

But it’s a little different this year.

The reports of illegal campaigning is not being made against Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly but against the man who is expected to be his toughest opponent in the upcoming race for tribal president - Joe Shirley Jr.

Shirley, who served to terms as tribal president from 2003 to 2011, currently is a member of the board of supervisor for Apache County with an office in Chinle. Already there have been reports, said Pat Sandoval, his chief of staff, that Shirley has been using county property to further his campaign.

“None of these reports are true,” Sandoval said.

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