In the North Slope Borough mayoral race, current numbers indicate the incumbent, Charlotte Brower, will keep her post.

She was challenged by former Mayor George Ahmaogak Sr. The two candidates faced off three years ago in a hotly contested race.

Ahmaogak is a popular figure, but some wonder if he was hurt by his wife’s conviction for embezzling money from the Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission. She is serving time in the Lower 48.

Brower released the following statement:

We want to convey our appreciation to the people of the North Slope for their vote of confidence in our administration.

Now is the time for us to move forward and to come together in unity. We have many challenges ahead of us but we also have much opportunity. The decisions we make today will impact the future we leave to our children and grandchildren. My administration can’t do it alone- it’s going to take all of us working together to succeed.

Our goal for the next three years will be the same as it’s been for the last three- to put the needs of our people first. That means a focus on daycare, on jobs, on education, and protecting our subsistence way of life. We will move forward on the creation of the North Slope Port Authority that was also approved by our voters. The Authority, along with the formation of the Arctic Waterways Safety Committee, will enable us to be proactive in dealing with the challenges of an open Arctic.

We are also going to move forward with our Borough housing initiative as approved by our voters to begin to address the critical shortage our housing in our region. United, we can accomplish great things.

Quyanaqpaq for your prayers and support!

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