Juneau Assembly candidate Kate Troll held onto her lead in the only contested race in this year’s municipal election, as the city’s review board counted absentee and questioned ballots on Friday.
While the numbers are still considered unofficial until Tuesday when the Canvass Board certifies the election, Troll leads Peters by 525 votes, for a total of 2515 to 1990.
She gained 649 votes from the question and absentee count, and Peters gained 419.
A few absentee-by-mail ballots may yet trickle in and must arrive by Tuesday morning to be included in the certified election.
Troll was in Assembly chambers this morning while election workers were running the outstanding ballots through the AccuVote machines.
She will be sworn in at the next regular Assembly meeting on October 14. She says the first thing she will do is make sure other Assembly members understand she’s a team player.
“I just want to be a contributing member first and foremost and then I’ll sort out where I can assert some leadership on different issues,” Troll says.
Assembly members Karen Crane and Mary Becker will be sworn in for a second term. They ran unopposed.
School board members Barbara Thurston and Lisa Worl also were unopposed for their seats and will be sworn in on October 15.
Voter turnout for the October 1st election ended up at 19 percent, near an all time low for a municipal election in the Capital City.
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