The Tsawwassen First Nation will hold an election for chief and legislative members next Wednesday.
Chief Kim Baird, who was first elected in 1999 and is seeking a seventh term, faces one challenger, Bryce Williams, a member of the executive committee.
Tsawwassen members will elect 12 members of the legislature. The chief, who is elected separately, will be the 13th member of that legislature.
The TFN's executive council is made up of the four legislators that get the most votes in the election as well as the chief. They meet weekly or as required throughout the year to manage the government's day-to-day operations, debate proposed regulations under Tsawwassen laws and other responsibilities of Tsawwassen government.
The election on Sept. 5 will be the second general election under the TFN's post-treaty governance structure.
The structure was established on April 3, 2009, the effective date of the Tsawwassen First Nation Final Agreement (treaty) and the day the Tsawwassen First Nation Constitution and other legislation came into effect.
All officials of Tsawwassen government are elected to three-year terms.
Only the roughly 220 Tsawwassen First Nation members are eligible to vote in the election.
Meanwhile, other Tsawwassen government positions are elected or appointed at different times, according to Tsawwassen law. The Advisory Council, a group open to all members that meets regularly to provide advice to Tsawwassen government, is elected at an annual general meeting.
The Judicial Council, responsible for adjudicating and hearing challenges and appeals of Tsawwassen law, is appointed as required. Leaseholder representatives to TFN's Property Taxation Authority are appointed when required by executive council on the recommendation of the representative leaseholder associations.