Navajo presidential candidates start slinging mud

The candidates for president of the Navajo Nation are trading attacks as the November 7 election approaches.

Lynda Lovejoy accused incumbent president Joe Shirley Jr. of using tribal funds to run his campaign. That prompted Shirley to question Lovejoy's experience and said she isn't qualified to hold the tribe's top office.

Lovejoy is the first woman running for president. Her running mate is Walter Phelps, the former Native American liaison for Rep. Rick Renzi (R-Arizona).

Shirley's running mate is Ben Shelly, a Navajo Nation Council delegate. He dumped his last running mate, incumbent vice president Frank Dayish Jr.

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Candidates break out the mud (The Gallup Independent 9/12)

Relevant Links:
Lynda Lovejoy - http://www.lyndalovejoy.com
Navajo Nation - http://www.navajo.org

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