Sanford elected mayor in Juneau; Hopkins re-elected in Fairbanks borough

Associated PressOctober 3, 2012 

Two incumbent Alaska mayors have won re-election.

Lew Williams defeated Lewis Armey Jr. 599-110 in the Ketchikan city race and Fairbanks North Star Borough incumbent Luke Hopkins won a second three-year term with more than 51 percent of the vote over challenger Norm Phillips.

Juneau voters in unofficial results were picking former Assemblyman Merrill Sanford to replace Mayor Bruce Botelho. Sanford led Cheryl Jebe by 660 votes -- 3,334 to 2,674 -- after votes were counted Tuesday.

In Sitka, Mim McConnell received 46.3 percent of the vote to defeat incumbent Mayor Cheryl Westover, who finished with 33 percent, and a third candidate, Thor Christianson, who received 19.7 percent.

Bryce Ward defeated three others to win the North Pole mayoral election. He currently holds a city council seat.

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