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Assembly candidates backed by the mayor get mixed results

Rosemary Shinohara,Lisa Demer
Anchorage assembly opponents Ernie Hall and Nick Moe talk in the hallway outside election central late Tuesday.
Marc Lester
Mayor Dan Sullivan checks results on propositions Tuesday April 2, 2013 at election central.
Erik Hill
Assembly candidate Tim Steele walks with supporters toward election central at the Dena'ina Convention Center. Tuesday, April 2, 2013, was Election Day in the municipality.
Marc Lester
Assembly candidate Tim Steele marches to election central at the Dena'ina Convention Center. Tuesday, April 2, 2013, was Election Day in the municipality.
Marc Lester
Nick Moe volunteers cheer returns in his write-in race against Assemblyman Ernie Hall Tuesday April 2, 2013 at election central.
Erik Hill
Anchorage assembly opponents Ernie Hall and Nick Moe talk in the hallway outside election central late Tuesday.
Marc Lester
Mayor Dan Sullivan checks results on propositions Tuesday April 2, 2013 at election central.
Erik Hill
Bettye Davis is congratulated by Mayor Dan Sullivan upon her return to elected office on the Anchorage School Board Tuesday April 2, 2013 at election central.
Erik Hill
Nick Moe hugs Bettye Davis Tuesday April 2, 2013 at election central.
Erik Hill
Assembly candidate Tim Steele marches to election central at the Dena'ina Convention Center. Tuesday, April 2, 2013, was Election Day in the municipality.
Marc Lester
Nick Moe volunteers cheer returns in his write-in race against Assemblyman Ernie Hall Tuesday April 2, 2013 at election central.
Erik Hill
Write-in Assembly candidate Nick Moe checks returns upon arriving at election central Tuesday April 2, 2013 at the Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center.
Erik Hill
School Board candidate Eric Croft is greeted at election central by Assembly candidate Dick Traini, who marvels at the showing of write-in candidate Nick Moe Tuesday April 2, 2013.
Erik Hill
Bettye Davis is congratulated by Mayor Dan Sullivan upon her return to elected office on the Anchorage School Board Tuesday April 2, 2013 at election central.
Erik Hill
Nick Moe hugs Bettye Davis Tuesday April 2, 2013 at election central.
Erik Hill
Mayor Dan Sullivan and Ernie Hall confer in the hallway outside election central as Sullivan prepares to leave Tuesday April 2, 2013 at the Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center.
Erik Hill
Bettye Davis takes a lead over Don Smith in their school board race as she watches Tuesday April 2, 2013 at election central at the Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center.
Erik Hill
Write-in Assembly candidate Nick Moe checks returns upon arriving at election central Tuesday April 2, 2013 at the Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center.
Erik Hill
School Board candidate Eric Croft is greeted at election central by Assembly candidate Dick Traini, who marvels at the showing of write-in candidate Nick Moe Tuesday April 2, 2013.
Erik Hill
Assembly write-in candidate Nick Moe, left, and Mayor Dan Sullivan converse as returns are posted Tuesday April 2, 2013 at election central.
Erik Hill
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News Assembly candidate Cheryl Frasca greets well-wishers while awaiting results Tuesday April 2, 2013 at McGinley's Pub.
Erik Hill
Mayor Dan Sullivan and Ernie Hall confer in the hallway outside election central as Sullivan prepares to leave Tuesday April 2, 2013 at the Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center.
Erik Hill
Bettye Davis takes a lead over Don Smith in their school board race as she watches Tuesday April 2, 2013 at election central at the Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center.
Erik Hill
Assembly candidate Dick Traini looks into McGinley's Pub as he walks toward election central at the Dena'ina Convention Center. Tuesday, April 2, 2013, was Election Day in the municipality.
Marc Lester
Precinct workers arrive at City Hall with ballots and equipment Tuesday April 2, 2013 after polls close at 8 p.m.
Erik Hill
Assembly write-in candidate Nick Moe, left, and Mayor Dan Sullivan converse as returns are posted Tuesday April 2, 2013 at election central.
Erik Hill
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News Assembly candidate Cheryl Frasca greets well-wishers while awaiting results Tuesday April 2, 2013 at McGinley's Pub.
Erik Hill
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News Assembly candidates Cheryl Frasca, left, and Amy Demboski visit while awaiting election results Tuesday April 2, 2013 at McGinley's Pub.
Erik Hill
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News Precinct workers arrive at City Hall with ballots and equipment Tuesday April 2, 2013 after polls close at 8 p.m.
Erik Hill
Assembly candidate Dick Traini looks into McGinley's Pub as he walks toward election central at the Dena'ina Convention Center. Tuesday, April 2, 2013, was Election Day in the municipality.
Marc Lester
Precinct workers arrive at City Hall with ballots and equipment Tuesday April 2, 2013 after polls close at 8 p.m.
Erik Hill
Nick Moe, a write-in candidate for the Assembly, greets supporters at the Anchor Pub. Tuesday, April 2, 2013, was Election Day in the municipality.
Marc Lester
Erik Hill / Anchorage Daily News Ballots and gear come in to City Hall after the polls close in the municipal election, April 2, 2013.
Erik Hill
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News Assembly candidates Cheryl Frasca, left, and Amy Demboski visit while awaiting election results Tuesday April 2, 2013 at McGinley's Pub.
Erik Hill
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News Precinct workers arrive at City Hall with ballots and equipment Tuesday April 2, 2013 after polls close at 8 p.m.
Erik Hill
Nick Moe greets his grandfather Ed Moe at the Anchor Pub where they watched some election results come in. Tuesday, April 2, 2013, was Election Day in the municipality.
Marc Lester
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Brooke Blessing, right, waves to passing cars at Northern Lights Boulevard and Minnesota Drive. Anchorage Assembly and School Board candidates and supporters did some last minute campaigning on city street corners on municipal Election Day, Tuesday, April 2, 2013.
Marc Lester
Nick Moe, a write-in candidate for the Assembly, greets supporters at the Anchor Pub. Tuesday, April 2, 2013, was Election Day in the municipality.
Marc Lester
Erik Hill / Anchorage Daily News Ballots and gear come in to City Hall after the polls close in the municipal election, April 2, 2013.
Erik Hill
Nick Moe shows excitement about the early results of his write-in campaign for Anchorage Assembly. Tuesday, April 2, 2013, was Election Day in the municipality.
Marc Lester
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Assembly candidate Tim Steele waves to motorists Tuesday afternoon at Northern Lights Boulevard and Minnesota Drive. Anchorage Assembly and School Board candidates and supporters did some last minute campaigning on city street corners on municipal Election Day, Tuesday, April 2, 2013.
Marc Lester
Nick Moe greets his grandfather Ed Moe at the Anchor Pub where they watched some election results come in. Tuesday, April 2, 2013, was Election Day in the municipality.
Marc Lester
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Brooke Blessing, right, waves to passing cars at Northern Lights Boulevard and Minnesota Drive. Anchorage Assembly and School Board candidates and supporters did some last minute campaigning on city street corners on municipal Election Day, Tuesday, April 2, 2013.
Marc Lester
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Assembly candidate Dick Traini greets fellow candidate Tim Steele. Tuesday, April 2, 2013, was Election Day in the municipality.
Marc Lester
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Assembly candidate Andy Clary waves to cars at Northern Lights Boulevard and Seward Highway. Anchorage Assembly and School Board candidates and supporters did some last minute campaigning on city street corners on municipal Election Day, Tuesday, April 2, 2013.
Marc Lester
Nick Moe shows excitement about the early results of his write-in campaign for Anchorage Assembly. Tuesday, April 2, 2013, was Election Day in the municipality.
Marc Lester
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Assembly candidate Tim Steele waves to motorists Tuesday afternoon at Northern Lights Boulevard and Minnesota Drive. Anchorage Assembly and School Board candidates and supporters did some last minute campaigning on city street corners on municipal Election Day, Tuesday, April 2, 2013.
Marc Lester
Assembly candidate Tim Steele prepares to march to election central at the Dena'ina Convention Center. Tuesday, April 2, 2013, was Election Day in the municipality.
Marc Lester
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News While campaigners support their Assembly candidates at Norther Lights Boulevard and the Seward Highway, Darryl Matachian looks for a buyer for walrus tusk artwork. Anchorage Assembly and School Board candidates and supporters did some last minute campaigning on city street corners on municipal Election Day, Tuesday, April 2, 2013.
Marc Lester
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Assembly candidate Dick Traini greets fellow candidate Tim Steele. Tuesday, April 2, 2013, was Election Day in the municipality.
Marc Lester
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Assembly candidate Andy Clary waves to cars at Northern Lights Boulevard and Seward Highway. Anchorage Assembly and School Board candidates and supporters did some last minute campaigning on city street corners on municipal Election Day, Tuesday, April 2, 2013.
Marc Lester
Assembly candidate Amy Demboski and Mayor Dan Sullivan eye returns Tuesday April 2, 2013 at election central.
Erik Hill
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Eliza McGownd, left, and Terry Crawford wave to passers-by. Anchorage Assembly and School Board candidates and supporters did some last minute campaigning on city street corners on municipal Election Day, Tuesday, April 2, 2013.
Marc Lester
Assembly candidate Tim Steele prepares to march to election central at the Dena'ina Convention Center. Tuesday, April 2, 2013, was Election Day in the municipality.
Marc Lester
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News While campaigners support their Assembly candidates at Norther Lights Boulevard and the Seward Highway, Darryl Matachian looks for a buyer for walrus tusk artwork. Anchorage Assembly and School Board candidates and supporters did some last minute campaigning on city street corners on municipal Election Day, Tuesday, April 2, 2013.
Marc Lester
Assembly candidate Dick Traini talks with supporters at the Anchor Pub as election results come. Tuesday, April 2, 2013, was Election Day in the municipality.
Marc Lester
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News Bennie Ames exits a voting booth at Benny Benson School during the Municipal Election on Tuesday, April 2, 2013.
Bill Roth
Assembly candidate Amy Demboski and Mayor Dan Sullivan eye returns Tuesday April 2, 2013 at election central.
Erik Hill
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Eliza McGownd, left, and Terry Crawford wave to passers-by. Anchorage Assembly and School Board candidates and supporters did some last minute campaigning on city street corners on municipal Election Day, Tuesday, April 2, 2013.
Marc Lester
Assembly candidate Tim Steele walks with supporters toward election central at the Dena'ina Convention Center. Tuesday, April 2, 2013, was Election Day in the municipality.
Marc Lester
Assembly candidate Dick Traini talks with supporters at the Anchor Pub as election results come. Tuesday, April 2, 2013, was Election Day in the municipality.
Marc Lester
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News Bennie Ames exits a voting booth at Benny Benson School during the Municipal Election on Tuesday, April 2, 2013.
Bill Roth

Voters delivered mixed results to Assembly candidates backed by conservative Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan in Tuesday's city election.

Six of the 11 Assembly seats were on the ballot.

In Eagle River and Chugiak, Amy Demboski, the candidate endorsed by Sullivan, defeated two other candidates to win the seat vacated by Debbie Ossiander.

Demboski is a paralegal, and is current chairwoman of the city Budget Advisory Commission. She outpolled Pete Mulcahy, who was formerly post commander on Fort Richardson.

But in two other races, candidates aligned with Sullivan lost.

In West Anchorage, former School Board member Tim Steele defeated Cheryl Frasca, a Sullivan ally and retired city budget director.

"Going door to door, I saw a lot of ticked-off people. Not all of them about the labor issue," Steele said. He referred to a rewrite of city labor law that stripped power from city unions. The rewrite, sponsored by the mayor and two Assembly leaders, passed the Assembly in March.

"Maybe the way AO-37 (the labor law) was done, it was disrespectful, subversive, under the table kind of stuff," Steele said.

And in Midtown, incumbent Dick Traini kept his seat. His opponent, Andy Clary, had been endorsed by the mayor.

In a third race, also in West Anchorage, Assembly chairman Ernie Hall, who co-sponsored the labor law rewrite, was fighting against a strong write-in campaign.

Hall had no challenger on the ballot. But Nick Moe, a staff member of the Alaska Center for the Environment, launched a write-in campaign against Hall late in the race.

Moe said he was motivated by Hall's handling of public testimony for the labor ordinance.

At the end of the night, Hall and the write-in vote were close, Hall with 3,628 (50.6 percent) and the write-ins with 3,535 (49.4 precent). The write-ins don't get counted by name unless the total exceeds Hall's vote.

More than 2,200 early ballots cast city wide and an unknown number of questioned and mail-in absentee ballots remain to be counted, deputy city clerk Amanda Moser said. It wasn't immediately clear how many uncounted ballots remain in the West Anchorage race.

That lends uncertainty particularly to the Hall-Moe race.

The clerk's office has not yet determined when the rest of the ballots and potentially the write-ins, will be tallied.

"It's definitely going to be next week," said clerk Barbara Jones.

The election is supposed to be certified on April 16.

"I think either way, we've already won," said Moe, 26. "We've sent a loud message that the public process should be respected. I think we can say for certain that it's our time, it's my generation's time for leadership. If we can do this in a write-in campaign, we'll be able to succeed elsewhere."

Asked why his race was so close, Hall said

"I have no idea."

"Prior to AO-37 (the labor ordinance), nobody even wanted to contest me," he said.

Hall said he doesn't regret cutting off public testimony on the ordinance and would "absolutely" do the same thing again.

He said the only campaigning he did was at the very end of the race.

Without such strong union support, especially from firefighters, Hall said, Moe would not be faring so well but "he's done a fine job running his campaign."

"Three of the five people I endorsed are winning," Sullivan said. "That's 60 percent. In baseball that makes you the greatest hitter of all time."

But one of those mayor-backed candidates is Hall, who was trading leads all night with "write-in," and another was Jennifer Johnston in South Anchorage, who had no challenger.

Paul Honeman in East Anchorage -- decidedly not a Sullivan supporter -- was also unopposed.

Just after the mayor spoke, another surge of votes came in, putting Moe's write-in candidacy ahead of Hall's to loud cheers. (Hall later regained the lead.)

"There was a great effort put forth and I really admire young Nick Moe. I've known him a long time," including when Moe ran for mayor," Sullivan said.

Sullivan said he thought the election result "maintains a voice on the Assembly that looks out for the taxpayer rather than special interests."

He said Steele, with years on the School Board, came in with great name recognition and "special interest money."

"Quite frankly, I'm pretty OK with the results. It looks like we'll still have a 6-5 majority philosophically and when you count to 11, that's pretty good."

 

Reach Rosemary Shinohara at rshinohara@adn.com or 257-4340.

 

 

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