Lopez, Antone elected to Ak-Chin tribal council


Ann Marie Antone and Gabriel Lopez were elected to the Ak-Chin Indian Community Tribal Council in a Jan. 10 election.

They came out of ahead of Terry Enos in a three-person race.

Lopez is well acquainted with the council, having already served three terms during the time of construction of the UltraStar Multi-Tainment Center. He said he believes in making education a priority. He has been a member of the Community Charter School Committee. He also said it is important to keep the native language alive because it is “vital in keeping our culture and traditions.”

He is proud of the path the community is on with the expansion of economic development projects and the “bright and prosperous future” it will bring to community members.

Antone will be serving her first term on the council. She has held several jobs in the community, including positions with the Recreation and Education departments and at Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino. She is a middle school advisor for community students at Desert Wind and Maricopa Wells middle schools and a volleyball coach and is working on a business degree at Central Arizona College .