J.J. Wilbur and Barb James re-elected to Swinomish Tribal Senate seats


February 15, 2023

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THIS MAN IS SIGNED UP FOR ANOTHER SENATE TERM – J.J. WIilbur was reelected to the Swinomish Tribal Senate Sunday. Here he has signed up to be a FD 13 commissioner.

J. J. Wilbur will remain a busy man.

Wilbur, who serves on the La Conner school board and as a Skagit County Fire District 13 commissioner and chairs the Swinomish Tribal Community Port Commission, was re-elected to the 11-member Swinomish Senate in Sunday balloting.

Wilbur survived a strong challenge from Cathi Bassford, a tribal housing and utility board member and elder programs supporter who has served as Swinomish kitchen manager for nearly 20 years, serving special event meals for community dinners, funerals, canoe journeys and holiday luncheons.

The vote tally was 180-135 in Wilbu...

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