Fair Anchorage declares Prop 1 defeated
Alisha Hilde slightly increased her narrow lead over Tasha Hotch for School Board Seat E Friday.
Meanwhile, Fair Anchorage Friday declared that Prop 1 has been defeated-- even though the muni has yet to officially declare the results.
In a release Friday evening, Fair Anchorage said, "This makes Anchorage the first American jurisdiction to uphold transgender protections on a standalone ballot measure."
"Today Anchorage voters rejected fear and intimidation to affirm that everyone in our city should have the same fundamental dignity and protection under the law," said Lillian Lennon, field organizer for Fair Anchorage, the campaign to defeat Proposition 1. "As a transgender woman, this victory is deeply personal to me and to so many of us in the transgender community. It means voters saw past misleading tactics by opponents of transgender equality in order to treat people like me fairly. In a world that can be so hostile to transgender people in our daily lives, to know that the city of Anchorage has our backs means everything. I'm grateful to the voters, volunteers, and hard-working supporters of our campaign who worked tirelessly to make this night possible."
Mayoral candidate Rebecca Logan announced on Facebook Thursday evening she has conceded to Incumbent Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz Thursday night.
According to Logan's Facebook post:
"The voters have made their choice and tonight I called the mayor to congratulate him on his reelection. I ran for mayor because our city faces serious problems with unemployment, crime and taxes, and although our visions for tackling these problems differ, I wish him the best in his second term."
Berkowitz has maintained a consistent lead over Logan as waves of ballots were counted over the last few days in Anchorage's first-ever vote-by-mail election.
As of Thursday evening, Barbara Jones, the municipal clerk, says the number of ballots received is 79,533. That number still doesn't include any outstanding ballots mailed in this week. That would make this election's voter turnout the highest in local history. The runoff race between Ethan Berkowitz and Amy Demboski in the last mayoral election garnered 70,650 votes.
By Thursday evening, 70,961 ballots had been tallied. Roughly 10,000 more are expected to be counted Friday.
Runoffs are required if a single candidate does not receive at least 45 percent of the vote.
Polls closed at 8 p.m. on Tuesday. Mailed-in ballots had to be postmarked by April 3 to be counted.
There are numerous races, for which you can find all of the returns here. For the big races, such as the mayoral race, school board seats and Proposition 1 (the Bathroom Bill) and Proposition 10 (Chugach/ML&P sale), we'll keep a running tally of those right here.
Total votes counted so far: 75,451
Berkowitz, Ethan - 41,886
Logan, Rebecca - 28,020
Darden, Dustin - 1460
Kendall, Paul - 1144
Huit, Timothy - 877
Write-in - 523
Godoy, Nelson - 423
Mendonsa, Matthew - 400
Kern, Jacob - 264
Read more about all of the candidates' viewpoints here.
After the first wave of returns was in Tuesday night, Mayor Berkowitz stood on a table at his campaign party at Flattop and delivered a speech. Watch it below:
Total votes counted so far: 76,612
No - 40,378
Yes - 36,234
Read more about Proposition 1 here.
Total votes counted so far: 74,885
Yes - 48,801
No - 26,084
Read more about Proposition 10 here.
Want to know more about the other 10 propositions? We've got you covered. Read about them all here.
School Board Seats
Total votes counted so far: 63,090
Hilde, Alisha - 18,466
Hotch, Tasha - 17,532
Smith, Don - 10,753
Nees, David - 10,673
Stafford, Ron - 4871
Write-in - 795
Total votes counted so far: 61,778
Mitchell, Deena - 43,320
Isley, Phil - 17,501
Write-in - 957
Total votes counted so far: 56,544
Snelling, Elisa - 32,469
Weisman, Irene - 22,970
Write-in - 1105
You can visit Election Central for full coverage of Anchorage's first-ever vote-by-mail election by clicking here.
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