FARMINGTON — The race for the Navajo presidency confines to heat up, with 10 candidates hoping to be elected. Three more candidates that have laid out their platforms to The Daily Times.

Jon Reeves, 31, of Upper Fruitland, said one of his issues is stability in the Navajo Nation government.

"You can't have economic development without a stable government," Reeves said.

His ideas for economic development include using Navajo land to establish renewable energy, like windmills and solar panels.

"We have the resources and the manpower. We will have infrastructure to support all of this," he said.

The energy created, along with fossil fuel revenues, would be better than using gaming, which he opposes, as a source of financial stability.

"Gaming is not our answer," he said. "I don't want to see more domestic violence, elder and child abuse."

Reeves said he plans to create a good working relationship with Navajo Nation Council, in addition to "looking ahead" for future problems.

"I want to be proactive, rather than reactive," he said, using the Head Start closing as an example of how a government can be reactive.

James Henderson Jr., 64, of Ganado, Ariz., is running for the presidential office for the third time. Henderson has 14 years of governmental experience as an Arizona state senator and proposes government reform as his primary platform.

He said that he wants to create a less powerful Navajo Council by having the Navajo people vote on what type of government they want, adding that there are people who want a chairman, rather than a president as their leader.


"This is a BIA government we have right now. It's outdated and it's not working," he said.

The referendum would be developed by all 110 chapters, and he said it would include Navajos not living on the reservation. The non-reservation Navajos would have to work through their home chapters.

"We would be changing the government to a true democracy," he said.

In addition, he said, since he is a Vietnam veteran, he plans to create a Division of Veteran's Affairs. The Office of Veteran's Affairs isn't currently a division.

Another Arizonan running for president is Ernest Harry Begay, 48, of Rock Point, Ariz.

Begay is campaigning with 12 years of administrative and management experience. Some of that experience comes from being former Chief of Staff under the Albert Hale administration during the mid-1990s.

"I already know how the president's office functions," he said. "I won't need on-the-job training."

He said that he plans to establish teamwork from the chapters, grazing committees and central Navajo government. Also, he said he wants to realign the Navajo accounting system.

"The accounting manual is outdated. We need to update that," he said.

Part of his plan is to rename the Undesignated Unreserved Balance Fund (UUBF) to budget deficit funds, which would be used for deficit funding, since that is how the UUBF is used, he said.

He also wants to establish a team that would develop a quality improvement plan. The plan would have goals for governmental improvement with time lines to accomplish the goals.

Other people seeking the presidential office is: Joe Shirley Jr. of Chinle, Ariz., Frank Dayish Jr. of Shiprock, Harrison Todacheene of Shiprock, Calvin Tsosie Sr. of Yah-ta-hey, Hoskie Bryant of Sheepsprings, Lynda Lovejoy of Crownpoint and Wilbur Nelson Jr. of Window Rock, Ariz.