Long Plain First Nation has elected their second-ever female Chief. 

Kyra Wilson accumulated the most votes in the community’s election on April 14, according to unofficial results posted online, with the official results expected next week. The former therapist and social worker will become Long Plains’ first female Chief since the 1970s.

Wilson ran in Manitoba’s provincial election in 2016 and grew up around politics as her father was a politician based in Saskatchewan.

She was one of seven candidates in the running, including David Meeches, who has unofficially come in second. Former Chief Dennis Meeches, who held the title for two decades, nominated Wilson for the position late last year when he made it known that he was not looking to be re-elected.

Wilson says she is looking forward to meeting with the incoming council members and connecting with the community.

The late Marlene Peters was elected in 1973.