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Dominant Seneca Nation political group to select candidates Friday

Members of the Seneca Party, a political group that has dominated the Seneca Nation’s government for decades, will vote on Friday to determine which candidates will represent the party in November’s tribal election.

Businessman Barry Snyder Sr., who has served five previous terms as Seneca Nation president, is seeking the party’s nomination for the presidency again. Todd Gates, currently serving as the Indian tribe’s treasurer, is running against Snyder for the party nomination. A total of 61 candidates will be seeking to represent the Seneca Party in the November general election.

The Seneca Party voting will be held from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. Friday at the Cattaraugus Reservation Fire Hall on Route 438 in Irving, and also at Seneca Party headquarters on Broad Street in Salamanca.

The tribal election will be held on Nov. 8.

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