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Southern Ute Special Election fills vacant Tribal Council seat

The Southern Ute Indian Tribe held the 2020 Special Election on Friday and the Southern Ute Election Board presented the certified results Monday.

Vanessa P. Torres secured support with 105 votes. Candidates Marty M. Pinnecoose received 100 votes and Corliss M. Taylor 89 votes.

Torres has dedicated more than 11 years to the tribal court judicial system in positions as the wellness court case manager/senior probation officer, probation officer and Southern Ute Tribal court clerk. She also worked as the senior property shift manager at the Sky Ute Casino Resort.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, hunting, fishing, motorcycling, reading and participating in cultural events. She is married and has one daughter.