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Educator, businessman named Navajo VP candidates

Posted: 1:17 PM, Sep 04, 2018
Updated: 2018-09-04 19:17:31Z

A Navajo Nation businessman and an educator are joining the tickets of two men vying for the tribal presidency.

Current Vice President Jonathan Nez and former tribal President Joe Shirley Jr. announced their running mates Tuesday in the tribal capital of Window Rock.
    
Nez chose Myron Lizer, who owns hardware stores on the reservation. Shirley chose Peter Deswood III, the principal at Rocinante High School in northwestern New Mexico.
    
Presidential candidates don't run on party lines but typically pick a running mate from another state to broaden their voter base.
    
Shirley is from Arizona and Deswood lives in New Mexico.
    
Nez bucked the tradition. He and Lizer both are from Arizona.
    
The candidates will face off in the Nov. 6 general election.
    
The reservation is the country's largest at 27,000 square miles, also taking in part of southern Utah.