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Anchorage election update: With more than 11,000 new votes counted Thursday, outcomes remain unchanged

  • Author: Tegan Hanlon
  • Updated: April 4, 2019
  • Published April 4, 2019

Vote by Mail ballot return envelopes are counted by election worker Claudette Hixon at the Municipality of Anchorage Election Center on Thursday, March 28, 2019. (Bill Roth / ADN)

With 11,280 additional ballots counted in Anchorage on Thursday, the outcomes in this year’s municipal election remained unchanged.

Anchorage voters continued to reject a local alcohol tax, and Anchorage Assembly candidates Crystal Kennedy, Kameron Perez-Verdia and Meg Zaletel appeared well on their way to victory. Anchorage School Board candidates Margo Bellamy and Starr Marsett also held strong leads over their opponents.

Thursday’s ballot count brought the total number of votes tallied so far in this year’s vote-by-mail election to 56,466, putting the turnout at nearly 25 percent. Around another 8,700 ballot envelopes had been received but not yet counted, according to Municipal Clerk Barbara Jones. On top of that, ballots mailed and postmarked by Tuesday, election day, will continue to trickle in, she said.

Election officials planned to post another batch of results on Friday. The results won’t be official until April 16.

Here are the outcomes as of Thursday evening:

• Anchorage voters were rejecting a local alcohol tax with 29,689 votes opposed to the tax, or 53 percent, and 25,910 votes in favor of it, or 47 percent.

• In the Chugiak-Eagle River Assembly race, Kennedy had 4,796 votes, or 58 percent, to Oliver Schiess’ 3,523 votes, or 42 percent.

• In the West Anchorage Assembly race, Perez-Verdia had 5,562 votes, or 51 percent, compared to Liz Vazquez’s 4,372 votes at 40 percent. In third place was Dustin Darden, at 9 percent.

• In the Midtown Assembly race, Zaletel had 4,362 votes, or 53 percent, to Christine Hill’s 2,844 votes, or 34 percent. A third candidate, Ron Alleva, had 13 percent.

• South Anchorage Assemblyman John Weddleton and East Anchorage Assemblyman Forrest Dunbar ran unopposed.

• For School Board Seat A, Bellamy had 27,039 votes, or 55 percent, compared to Kai Binkley Sims’ 22,393 at 45 percent. (Unlike Assembly members, Anchorage School Board members are elected in area-wide races.)

• For School Board Seat B, Marsett, the current board president, had 25,469 votes, or 52 percent, to David Nees’ 18,894 votes, or 39 percent. In third place was Ronald Stafford at 9 percent.

• All bond propositions were passing, including the $59.1 school bond package that 59 percent of voters had approved. The exception remained: A $5.5 million bond for area-wide facility improvements including roof replacements and bathroom renovations was failing with 53 percent of voters saying “no.”

• Seventy-eight percent of voters approved a proposition that would expand enforcement of junk and abandoned vehicles. A proposition to make it easier for the city to negotiate lease-to-own agreements for rented real estate like City Hall was also passing with 62 percent “yes” votes.

Go to muni.org for the full list of election results.

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