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Updated Anchorage election results show Lessens, Higgins still leading with thin margins in school board races

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: April 13
  • Published April 13

Ballot envelopes are collected in a bin before they are placed in a mail sorting machine on Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at the Municipality of Anchorage election center. (Loren Holmes / ADN)

Updated Anchorage election results posted Tuesday show Kelly Lessens and Pat Higgins still leading by thin margins in two school board races.

For school board seat B, Lessens has 24,454 votes to opponent Judy Eledge’s 24,179 votes. Lessens’ lead grew — on Tuesday, she was leading by 275 votes, compared to 92 on Monday.

For school board seat E, Higgins has 20,651 votes to Sami Graham’s 20,237 votes. Higgins was leading Graham by 414 votes Tuesday, compared to 374 votes Monday.

Lessens and Higgins are both endorsed by the Anchorage Education Association teachers union, and Eledge and Graham both ran as more conservative candidates.

Other Anchorage election results also remained unchanged Tuesday after more than 72,600 ballots had been counted.

Dora Wilson is still leading the school board race for seat F by a wide margin, and Carl Jacobs is leading in the school board race for seat G. Wilson and Jacobs were also endorsed by the teachers union.

In Tuesday’s mayor’s race results, Dave Bronson was still leading with nearly 33% of the vote, and Forrest Dunbar had just over 31% of the vote in the 15-candidate, nonpartisan race. The two are set to advance to a runoff on May 11.

The initiative to recall Assembly Chair Felix Rivera was still failing with 43% of the vote on Tuesday.

Two of the 11 propositions on the ballot are also still failing: Proposition 1, a $6.9 million bond proposal that would fund various capital projects, had 47% of the vote and Proposition 8, a $3.9 million bond proposal to fund new Anchorage police fleet vehicles and other improvements, had close to 48% of the vote.