WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly has filed for
re-election, and he’ll face his former boss in the race.
Shelly submitted his paperwork Friday at the election office in Window Rock,
less than two weeks ahead of the deadline for candidates to file.
The primary election is set for Aug. 26. Voters will choose two candidates to
move on to November’s general election.
Shelly served 16 years on the Navajo Nation Council and as vice president under
Joe Shirley Jr., who also is seeking the presidency. Shelly beat Lynda Lovejoy
in the 2010 presidential election.
Shelly has chosen to keep Vice President Rex Lee Jim as his running mate.
They’re traveling to their hometowns of Thoreau, New Mexico, and Rock Point this
weekend to discuss their campaigns.