The City and Borough of Juneau Canvass Board on Tuesday certified results of last week’s municipal election.
Turnout was 32 percent – 7,864 of the city’s 24,565 registered voters cast ballots. The Lynn Canal precinct had the highest turnout at 33 percent, followed by North Douglas at 30 percent. Two downtown precincts – Juneau 2 and Juneau 3 – had 29 percent turnout.
The lowest turnout was Lemon Creek at 19.8 percent, with the Mendenhall Valley 1 polling place second lowest at 20.7 percent.
A handful of absentee ballots were added to Friday’s initial tally of absentee and questioned cards. But not enough to change any results.
In the closest race, Proposition 1 still comes out on top. The $25-million bond initiative to fund a variety of capital improvement projects passed by just 73 votes – 3,898 to 3,825.
Newly-elected Mayor Merrill Sanford and Assembly members Loren Jones and Jerry Nankervis will be sworn in next Monday. School board winners Andi Story, Phyllis Carlson and Destiny Sargeant will take the oath of office next Tuesday.
- The state has asked the new presidential administration for a waiver to pay more than 80 percent of reinsurance costs.
- The state’s only professional sports franchise, the Alaska Aces, will fold after this season. The decision was announced Thursday, Feb. 23.
- Bans on plastic grocery bags have been cropping up across Alaska’s remote communities. Cordova’s ban went into effect last year. But so far, the larger cities in the state have yet to adopt one.
- Things are not looking good for Haines’ Alaska State Trooper post. Trooper Director Col. James Cockrell intends to reassign Haines’ one trooper position to Bethel. The decision isn’t final yet, but the community conversation about how to handle the loss continued at a Public Safety Commission meeting this week.