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Anchorage election leaders remain unchanged with more than 75,000 ballots counted as of Thursday

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: April 15
  • Published April 15

Cathy Steen drops her ballot envelope into a secure drop box at the Eagle River Town Center on election day during the regular municipal election on Tuesday, April 6, 2021. (Bill Roth / ADN)

Municipal election results posted Thursday show no changes to the leaders in the race for Anchorage’s mayoral seat and four school board spots, and no other changes in the results for other issues on the ballot.

Most ballots postmarked by April 6 have until Friday to make it to the elections center and be counted. Overseas ballots have until April 20. Over 75,000 ballots had been counted as of Thursday.

Dave Bronson is still leading the mayor’s race with 33% of the vote; Forrest Dunbar remains at 31%. The two candidates are set to oppose each other in a runoff election on May 11.

Both Kelly Lessens and Pat Higgins continue to lead in their races for school board seats. Lessens has 25,266 votes compared to opponent Judy Eledge’s 25,014 votes for school board seat B. For school board seat E, Higgins has 21,338 votes, while Sami Graham is behind with 20,943 votes.

Dora Wilson is maintaining her lead for school board seat F, as is Carl Jacobs for school board seat G. All the leading school board candidates were endorsed by the Anchorage Education Association teachers union.

District 4 voters are still rejecting an initiative to recall Anchorage Assembly chair Felix Rivera. It had 43% of the vote Thursday.

Proposition 1 and Proposition 8 are the only two propositions failing. Proposition 1 is a $6.9 million bond proposal that would fund various capital projects. Proposition 8 is a $3.9 million bond proposal to fund improvements and new Anchorage police fleet vehicles.

Proposition 4 — which would help the Anchorage Police Department supply officers with body cameras — is succeeding with 53% of the vote.