Robert Weistche was re-elected to a four-year term in the general election held in Waskaganish on August 12, 2003.
Weistche beat out Billy Diamond, who has served as chief of Waskaganish in the past. The final tally was 437 votes for Weistche to 264 votes for Diamond.
“I feel excited, and happy. We won a fair fight, and I feel the overwhelming support from the members of my community. The people have spoken with a message that’s very clear,” said Weistche.
This will be Weistche’s last term as Chief of Waskaganish because the community election codes only allow for a maximum of two terms in office.
There were also 5 candidates elected for a position as councilor according to Raymond Blackned, the returning officer for the election. These candidates include: Roderick Jonah with 348 votes, Ryan Erless with 375 votes, Jack Diamond with 382 votes, Emily Hester with 404 votes, and William T. Hester with 510 votes.
All the councilors that were elected were new to the office, except for William T. Hester. Some of the other former councilors could not run due to term limits.
Weistche’s platform was based on “improving the quality of life in the community”. That includes being approachable, open and willing to talk to everyone about any issues concerning Waskaganish.
“I will lead the people of Waskaganish to the best of my abilities,” said Weistche.