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Seminoles elect former state senator as chief

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Seminole Nation voters have chosen a former state senator as their new chief.

Kelly Haney was selected over four other candidates, receiving 61.5 percent of the vote in Saturday's election.

The 64-year-old Haney will be the Seminoles' third chief in less than three years, replacing Kenneth Chambers, who chose not to seek re-election.

In 2002, Haney gave up his Senate seat to run for governor. He finished third in the Democratic primary.

A renowned artist, Haney created the 6,000-pound bronze statue called "The Guardian," which now sits atop the state Capitol dome.
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