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Woman seeks to lead Navajo Nation for first time

Lynda Lovejoy made history on Tuesday by becoming the Navajo Nation's first woman presidential candidate.

Lovejoy staged an upset and came in second in the tribe's primary. She will face incumbent president Joe Shirley Jr. in the November general election.

"People are looking for new ideas, people are looking for someone with firmness, someone who can stand up and show some leadership, and that's what the elders like," Lovejoy told the Associated Press.

Lovejoy faces some political and cultural obstacles. Shirley is running on a campaign of continuity. Some elders say women should not hold positions of leadership within the tribe.

Get the Story:
Navajo woman vies to be first female tribal president (AP 8/10)
Shirley versus Lovejoy (The Gallup Independent 8/9)

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