Matanuska-Susitna Borough election results certified
The final tally for the Matanuska-Susitna Borough election came in Monday evening and was certified Tuesday night.
“Mayor Vern Halter and Assembly Members gave a standing ovation to the Canvass Board, a group of five women who did the fastidious work of counting a record number of absentee and questioned ballots in the 2016 Borough election,” borough officials said in a statement Tuesday.
Assembly member Jim Sykes will keep his seat, beating out Brian Endle by more than 100 votes. He took the oath of office at the Assembly chambers Tuesday evening after the certification of the ballots. Matthew Beck, who ran unopposed, was also sworn in for the District 2 Assembly seat.
School board member Ray Michaelson was voted into the District 2 seat for the Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District. He won out against Susan Pougher with a lead of just 66 votes.
Donna Dearman and Yvonne Ruth ran for two other school board seats unopposed.
Thousands turned out on election day, expressing interest in voting on Proposition B-1, which would, if passed, have banned commercial marijuana businesses outside of city limits in the borough. The measure was rejected by voters — 10,508 were opposed, while 8,694 people voted in its favor.
However, B-1’s sister measure, Proposition B-5, passed by a large margin. The measure asked voters to decide whether an areawide marijuana retail sales tax of 5 percent should be instituted. As many as 15,940 voters said yes, while only 3,064 voters cast a vote against it.
Voters approved bonds for parks and recreational facilities and related capital improvement bonds with a vote of 10,339 in favor and 8,678 opposed.
Both Propositions B-2 and B-3 passed, referencing the annexation of land into the Lazy Mountain Road Service Area.
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