• Forecast
  • News Tip
  • Categories
Temperature Precipitation
Estimated read time
2m 27s

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.

Latest Stories

  • News

    Juneau company purchases property for seawater heating plant

    by Associated Press on Dec 06, 9:00

    A waterfront property in downtown Juneau could change the way the city is heated. The Juneau Empire reports that Juneau Hydropower Inc. has entered an agreement with the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority to buy a 2-acre lot of land in downtown Juneau. The $1.3 million deal isn’t finalized, but the Mental Health Trust’s board has […]

  • News

    APD: Anchorage teen missing for more than a month found safe

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Dec 06, 7:58

    Police in Anchorage announced early Tuesday morning that 14-year-old Mary Rotzler was located by the Alaska State Troopers in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough and is safe. The East High School freshman ran away from home on Nov. 1. Her mother told KTVA that Rotzler has a drug and alcohol addiction and was about to begin treatment — part of the […]

  • ‘That could have been my daughter’: Mother of teen murder suspect’s ex-girlfriend speaks out

    by Daniella Rivera on Dec 05, 23:22

    While the Valley community is trying to process the disturbing details of a Palmer teen’s murder, a mother who says her daughter dated the teen suspect is speaking out. Court documents released on Monday revealed the chilling details of 16-year-old David Grunwald’s murder, saying he was beaten, kidnapped, and walked into the woods before he […]

  • UPDATE: 3 wounded in Spenard shooting

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Dec 05, 20:03

    Last updated at 8:56 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 5 The Anchorage Police Department is investigating a shooting that left at least one person injured. The shooting was reported at 7:30 p.m. on West 30th Avenue, according to APD spokeswoman Jennifer Castro. She said a male victim was transported to the hospital for emergency surgery following the […]

  • Schools help students heal after classmate’s murder

    by Shannon Ballard on Dec 05, 18:53

    It’s still nearly impossible to go anywhere in the Valley without seeing David Grunwald’s missing person flyers plastered to light poles and store windows. The 16-year-old’s body was discovered over the weekend. On Monday, his friends at Mat-Su Career and Technical High School returned to class for the first time after learning of Grunwald’s death. “This has […]

  • News

    M/V Susitna arrives in the Philippines

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Dec 05, 16:53

    The Alaska ferry M/V Susitna arrived safely at the Subic Bay Freeport Zone in the Philippines on Friday, according to local news sources. The vessel was sold by the Matanuska-Susitna Borough to the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) in June. PRC paid $1.75 million for the M/V Susitna, which cost around $80 million to build. According […]

  • News

    Juneau police investigate student’s alleged threats of school shooting

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Dec 05, 16:51

    The Juneau Police Department says a threat was made against a local high school over the weekend, prompting the department to dispatch officers to area schools on Monday as a reassurance to the community. While no arrests have been made, Juneau police say they have identified and interviewed a 17-year-old Thunder Mountain High School student for […]

  • Police find stolen truck abandoned after owner shot at alleged thieves

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Dec 05, 15:42

    Updated at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 6 Police in Anchorage have located a stolen truck that was damaged during a shooting involving its owner and two alleged thieves. The Anchorage Police Department issued a statement Tuesday morning that a maroon 1999 GMC pickup, reported stolen on Dec. 2, was found by police last night near East 20th […]