WINDOW ROCK, AZ – For the first time in modern Navajo history, a significant number of Navajo women will hold leadership positions as lawmakers on the Navajo Nation Council based on the 2022 Navajo Nation General Election.
On Tuesday, Nov. 8, Navajo voters on and off the Navajo Nation exercised their right to vote for the Navajo Nation President and Vice President, 25th Navajo Nation Council, Navajo Board of Election Supervisors, Navajo Nation Board of Education, as well as School and Special Elections in their respective communities and agencies. This election season, the Navajo Nation saw more female candidates wanting to fill leadership roles in both the Navajo Nation Legislative and Executive Branches.
Throughout the year, Navajo Nation candidates focused on economical, social, and developmental issues that impact communities across the Nation. In August, the 2022 Navajo Nation Primary Elections were held in which the candidates chosen by the people resulted in a historic number of Navajo women advancing to the General Elections.
The Navajo Nation Election Administration (NEA) and Navajo Board of Election Supervisors (NBOES) will certify the election results on Nov. 18, 2022. According to the unofficial results from both the NEA and NBOES, the 25th Navajo Nation Council is projected to include more female leaders to represent the Navajo Nation.
Through their vote, members of the Navajo Nation who reside across the states of Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah were able to exercise their right to vote to choose their respective local, state, and congressional leaders.