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After election, some races still too close to call

By KTVA CBS 11 News 6:37 AM April 2, 2014
ANCHORAGE –

Anchorage voters approved nearly all ballot propositions and opted to keep nearly every incumbent candidate Tuesday, according to unofficial municipal election results.

With all but two of the municipality’s 124 precincts reporting, poll numbers show 38,803 ballots were cast. The number represents less than 20 percent of registered Anchorage voters.

Anchorage Assembly

Most Assembly incumbents kept their seats by a wide margin, unofficial election results show. In District 1, Patrick Flynn trounced challenger Mark Martinson with nearly 75 percent of the vote, and Bill Starr defended his District 2 seat from candidate Sharon Gibbons with more than 60 percent of the vote.

District 3 incumbent Tim Steele garnered nearly 70 percent of the votes in his district over challenger Phil Isley. Running unopposed for re-election in District 4, Assemblywoman Elvi Gray-Jackson received nearly 85 percent of the vote. Write-in candidates accounted for more than 15 percent of the vote in that district.

In District 5 — one of the Assembly’s two three-way races — preliminary poll numbers show incumbent candidate Adam Trombley lost his seat to former state representative Pete Petersen by a narrow margin. With 92 percent of district precincts reporting, Petersen had nearly 42 percent of the vote, while Trombley pulled in more than 37 percent and candidate Ma’o Tosi amassed more than 20 percent.

There was no incumbent running in the race for South Anchorage’s District 6 seat, and the Assembly’s second three-way contest saw labor attorney Bill Evans nudge out candidate Bruce Dougherty by one of the narrowest margins in the election. With slightly more than 92 percent of the district’s precincts reporting, Evans had 41 percent of the vote, Dougherty had nearly 39 percent and third challenger Pete Nolan had nearly 20 percent.

Anchorage School Board 

Unofficial election results show the trend continued on the school board side, where incumbents Pat Higgins and Kameron Perez-Verdia each won a majority of the vote in their respective races.

Running for Seat C, Higgins had nearly 52 percent of the vote, while candidate Lizz Ross had nearly 19 percent and Dean Williams attracted more than 28 percent of the vote.

With more than 98 percent of school board precincts reporting, Perez-Verdia defended his seat from challenger Don Smith with more than 57 percent of the vote.

Propositions

Voters also appeared to have approved tens of millions of dollars in municipal bonds Tuesday, including funding for capital improvements to Anchorage schools, public transportation systems, parks and police and fire service areas. Proposition 3 — which included $2.75 million in capital improvements to the Loussac Library — remains too close to call. With two precincts left to report, unofficial results show the measure was defeated by the closest margin this election: Slightly more than 50 percent of voters opposed the proposition, while 49.62 percent voted in favor.

The preliminary poll results also showed victories for propositions adding gender-neutural language to municipal vocabulary and expanding the Anchorage Police Department’s ability to address vehicle violations

Click here for complete unofficial election results.

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