UPDATE: Ambler city council members absent for swearing in
Updated on Nov. 12 at 3 p.m.
Civil unrest continued in Ambler Thursday as the current Ambler City Council members failed to swear in the newly elected city council members.
About 250 people live in the Kobuk village — and they voted out all of their city council members and chose new candidates in an October election. But when the council met to certify the votes that booted them out of office, they decided to toss those election results out and hold a new election.
The second time around, only one incumbent, Gladys Jones, kept a seat on the council.
The swearing in was scheduled to take place Thursday, but none of the current city council members were present. The ceremony has been rescheduled for Friday.
Originally published on Nov. 9, 2015 at 8:47 p.m.
Absentee ballots sent in for Ambler’s second city council election went uncounted Friday when current city council members failed to show up for the final tally.
Four of the five council members were voted out in an October election but threw out the ballots, citing a lack of absentee ballots at city hall. A second election was held last week and preliminary election results showed a similar outcome.
Fourteen absentee ballots were submitted for the second election and scheduled to be certified on Friday, but one of the candidates said none of the sitting council members made an appearance.
A second certification meeting was scheduled for Monday at 1 p.m. During the meeting, three of the council members stepped down. Incumbent Gladys Jones was re-elected to Seat B and will continue to serve on the city council.
The new city council members are Harry Douglas, Gerald Cleveland Sr., Anthony Tickett and Tristen Pattee.
KTVA’s Daniella Rivera contributed to this report.
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