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.
- "Her focus on education, her focus on examining our city budget at a really deep level, not just a broad stroke policy level, but getting into the line items – I think that’s a really valuable for assembly members to go after the budget work," said Deputy Mayor Jesse Kiehl.
- Rep. Les Gara wants to make sure state budget cuts don’t fall too heavily on working-class and low-income people. Instead, he wants a new business tax.
- The Legislative Council is seeking advice from a finance expert on what to do about the controversial lease on the Anchorage Legislative Information Office.
- For the first time, scientists have documented the prevalence of two biotoxins in Alaska’s marine mammal population above the Arctic Circle.