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Library-stadium bond proposition trails by thin margin

Nathaniel Herz
Municipality of Anchorage clerk Barbara Jones, observer Randy Ruedrich, Municipal attorney Dennis Wheeler and observer Peter Finn manager of Bruce Dougherty's campaign discus the procedure as workers open and start the count of questioned ballots on Friday, April 11, 2014 from the recent Municipality of Anchorage election in city hall in downtown Anchorage.
Bob Hallinen
Workers open questioned ballots on Friday, April 11, 2014 from the recent Municipality of Anchorage election in city hall in downtown Anchorage.
Bob Hallinen

A tight bond proposition was left failing by a razor thin margin Friday night after a nearly full count of thousands of outstanding absentee and early votes from the April 1 municipal election.

The bond, which would pay for renovations at the city's Loussac Library in Midtown and a relocation of a baseball stadium, among other projects, was trailing by a count of 22,906 to 22,898, with roughly 30 additional ballots still outstanding but ultimately expected to be counted after a legal review anticipated on Monday.

The difference was narrowed substantially from the initial count, which had the bond trailing by 289 votes.

All the other preliminary results from the municipal election were confirmed.

In the closely contested East Anchorage Assembly race, former Democratic state legislator Pete Petersen kept his narrow lead over incumbent Assemblyman Adam Trombley, a conservative. The final tally was 3,653 for Petersen and 3,272 for Trombley -- 42 percent to 38 percent -- with 1,727 votes going to a third candidate, Mao Tosi.

"We're thrilled," said David Dunsmore, Petersen's campaign manager. "A lot of people worked very hard, and people in East Anchorage sent a clear message that we want common sense back in City Hall."

In South Anchorage, conservative Bill Evans maintained his edge over moderate Bruce Dougherty by a count of 4,743 to 4,352, or 42 percent to 38 percent. A third candidate in that race, Pete Nolan, ended up with 2,218 votes.

Tallying the results kept some two dozen elections workers at City Hall until 9:30 p.m., sustained by pizza. They'd started processing ballots at 8:00 a.m.

Observers included Randy Ruedrich, the former state Republican Party chairman, and the campaign managers for Petersen and Dougherty.

The election results are scheduled to be certified by the Anchorage Assembly at its meeting on Tuesday.

 


By NATHANIEL HERZ
nherz@adn.com