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Edward Sangris wins 4th term as chief of Detah

Edward Sangris has won a fourth term as chief of Detah, according to preliminary results released by the Yellowknives Dene First Nation.

Sangris was first elected chief in 2007, defeated 2 challengers in close race

Edward Sangris has won a fourth term as chief of Detah, according to results released Tuesday by the Yellowknives Dene First Nation. (Gabriela Panza Beltrandi/CBC)

Edward Sangris has won a fourth term as chief of Detah, according to preliminary results released by the Yellowknives Dene First Nation.

According to the results, released Tuesday morning, Sangris won Monday's election with 133 votes. Challengers Rachel Crapeau and Bobby Drygeese received 106 and 105 votes, respectively.

Sangris was first elected chief in 2007. He was re-elected in 2011, and again in 2015.

While on the campaign trail, Sangris said he heard three clear priorities from voters: housing issues, social issues, and completing the Akaitcho process land claim negotiation. 

Sangris said he hopes to see an agreement in principle for the land claim in six to eight months, and that the team will continue to take direction from membership.

"We try to put their direction into reality," he said. "The most important thing is they want to keep their land intact, the way it is. Not to relinquish the land."

Sangris said he spent election day in Detah hosting a barbecue at his house for community members, and that the support and encouragement was heartening.

"It was busy ... even though the weather wasn't good, people came, and gave encouragement, and stayed all the way to the final count," he said.

The news release states Sangris is elected as the new chief pending a five-day appeal period. 

An election for 10 councillors from Detah and Ndilo is set to follow on Aug. 26.

With files from Loren McGinnis