The Tsawwassen First Nation has elected a new leader, sending packing the long-time chief who led the nation to the first treaty made under the B.C. treaty process.
Six-term chief Kim Baird was defeated by legislator Bryce Williams in the September 5 election by a vote of 78-69.
I lost.— Kim Baird (@ChiefBaird) September 6, 2012
Ken Baird, Karl Morgan, Tony Jacobs, Sheila Williams, Laura Cassidy, Melinda Cassidy, Steven Stark, Louise Ahlm, Andrea Jacobs, Jesseca Adams, Nikki Jacobs, and Marvin Joe were elected as members of the Tsawwassen legislature, with the first four politicians—who garnered the most votes—set to comprise the executive council.
All of the elected politicians will start their three-year terms on September 16.
This election was the second to be held under the First Nation's post-treaty governance structure. The Tsawwassen treaty took effect in 2009.
On Twitter today (September 6), Baird said that she doesn't see her defeat as a rejection of the treaty, and that she has already received a job offer.
The First Nation has 439 members, of which 260 were eligible to vote.