Alaska Municipal Elections Round-Up

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Local elections were held across the state yesterday as voters elected mayors and filled assembly and school board seats. (Photo by Mel Green)

Here’s a quick round-up of how yesterday’s local elections played out across the state. *These results are still unofficial and could change as question and absentee ballots are tallied.


3 Assembly seats | Kate Troll, Mary Becker, Karen Crane
2 School Board seats |  Barbara Thurston & Lisa Worl

Full story from KTOO: Troll leads Peters in Juneau’s only contested municipal election race


2 Assembly seats |  Aaron Swanson & Benjamen Miyasato
1 School board seat | Lon Garrison
1 ballot proposition | Extension of the seasonal one-percent sales tax increase for two additional years to pay down school bonds – Yes ( 859) No (350)


2 Assembly seats | Bill Rotecki & Alan Bailey
2 School Board seats | Dave Timmerman & Trevor Shaw
2 City Council seats | Judy Zenge & Matt Olsen
City Proposition | $42 million hospital bond proposition – Yes (855) No (306)
Borough Proposition | Saxman-ST Service Area – Yes (35) No (53)
Borough Proposition | ST Service Area – Yes (160) No (101)

Full story from KRBD: Voters OK hospital bonds


Borough Mayor | David Jack
3 Assembly seats | Julie Decker, Daniel Blake, Maxi Wiederspohn
3 Port Commission seats | John Martin, David Silva, John Yeager
2 School Board seats | Rinda Howell & Cyni Waddington
2 Hospital Board seats | Terri Henson & Bernie Massin
1 ballot initiative | Adjust the rate of consumer sales tax – Yes (172) No (451)

Full story from KSTK: Unofficial election results: Prop 1 fails, Jack & Wiederspohn stay


2 Assembly seats | George Campbell & Diana Lapham
3 School Board seats | Sarah Swinton & Lisa Schwarzt. Third seat too close to call between Scott Doddridge and Ardy Miller.
1 ballot proposition | Amendment of Haines Borough charter and Bill of Rights – Yes (546) No (416)


Mayor | Mark Schaefer
2 Assembly seats | Tim Cochran & Spencer Morgan
1 School Board seat | Darren Belisle

Full story for Haines/Skagway from KHNS: Haines/Skagway Election results


3 City Council seats | Mike Wells, Ruth E. Knight, Dennis Fleming
2 School Board seats | Joe Prax & Alan Sorum

Full story from KCHU: Four Incumbents Fall In Valdez Elections


Full story from KBBI: Homer’s Plastic Bag Ban Likely Headed for Repeal


City Mayor | Pat Branson
Borough Mayor | Jerrol Friend
2 Assembly seats | Frank Peterson Jr. & Carol Austerman
2 School Board seats | Rick Kniaziowsk & Todd Hailey
1 Fire Protection seat | Jim Pickett
2 Service Area No. 1 Board seats | Dennis Symmons & Natasha Hayden
2 Monashka Bay Road Service Area Board seats | Tom Lance & Randy Spivey
1 ballot proposition | Addition of ordinance to borough code regarding conflict of interest – Yes (848) No (462)

Full story from KMXT: Peterson Joins Austerman on Assembly as Voters Approve Prop 1


4 City Council seats | Shirley Marquardt, Roger Rowland, Dave Gregory, Alejandro Tungul
3 School Board seats | Abner Hoage, Tammy Fowler Pound, Fernando Barrera

Full story from KUCB: Rowland Leads Over Write-Ins, While Barrera Wins School Board

Mat-Su / Talkeetna

3 School Board seats | Susan Pougher, Donna Dearman, Ray Michaelson
2 Borough Assembly seats | Jim Sykes & Matthew Beck
3 Talkeetna Community Council Board seats | Mary Farina, Iris Vandenham, Katie Writer
Proposition B-1 | Tax on alcoholic beverages – Yes (3,458) No (6,231)
Proposition B-2 | Bonds to match state funding for road improvements near some Borough schools – Yes (5,600) No (3,987)

Full story from KTNA: Mat-Su Borough and Talkeetna Community Council Election Unofficial Results


City Mayor | John Eberhart
3 Assembly seats | Karl Kassel, Diane Hutchison, Janice Golub
3 School Board seats | Sue Hull, Allyson Kambert, Wendy Dominique
1 City Council seat | Bernard Gatewood
Proposition 1 | $37.2 million in bonds to replace Ryan Middle School – Yes (60%)
Proposition 2 | $19 million in bonds to repair and renovate 5 school districts – Yes (65%)

Full story from KUAC: 2 Fairbanks Assembly Members Retain Seats
Full story from KUAC: Fairbanks Voters Approve 2 School Bond Propositions


3 City Council seats | Morgan DeBoer, Lori Trummer, Jeff Irwin

Full story from KTOO: Hoonah sales tax prop passes, Gustavus residents drafted for City Council


2 City Council seats | Amelia Ruerup, Robert Starbard
2 School Board seats | Trevor Hill, Sally Dybdahl
1 Liquor Board seat | Arlen Skaflestad
Proposition 1 | Extend temporary 1% sales tax with revenues devoted to City Schools – Yes (52%)

Full story from KTOO: Hoonah sales tax prop passes, Gustavus residents drafted for City Council
We’ll add more results as they come in.

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