The unofficial results are in. Voter turnout was up from last year as close to 23 percent of registered voters weighed in on some contentious races.
Voters: “Definitely the Mayoral election, Mayoral race is important always, also the zoning ordinance for Kenai. I thought the ballot about rezoning. Obviously, I want schools funding. Term limits. Term limits is always a great idea.”
Voters were definitive when it comes to term limits, with 72 percent saying they want term limits to stay just as they are.
Ginny Shadura: “We have to see how it’s going to work, and I think we just keep voting until it’s passed.”
There was also no question about Wayne Ogle’s victory for the Nikiski seat on the Borough Assembly, where he garnered 63 percent of the vote.
Other Borough issues like the property tax exemption and school bonds were decided with smaller margins, and Assembly Members Dale Bagley and Brent Johnson received 56 and 51 percent of the vote respectively.
In Kenai, uncounted absentee ballots could still overturn Kenai Mayor Pat Porter’s lead. Last night she was declared the unofficial winner in the race with challenger Bob Molloy…
Mayor Porter: “It was kind of a nail-biter, because it took forever for the last precinct to come in, which I’m not sure what the hang-up was, but we’re so used to getting everything so quickly and electronically anymore, that when we have a glitch it takes a long time for that to happen. But I feel very honored that I have taken all three precincts, which gives me a really positive feeling about the community still wanting be to serve as their Mayor. So to me that was good.”
Kenai City Council seats went to the incumbents Brian Gabriel Sr. and Terry Bookey, but the Soldotna seats went to the newer, younger candidates.
Meggean Bos pulled in 51 percent of the vote, and Keith Baxter – whose wife went into labor during the results – won with 63 percent.
Other races of note across the Peninsula: the Homer Bag Ban looks set for repeal, though the 200 absentee ballots could change the results. Seward’s Vice-Mayor Jean Bardarson is now the Mayor, defeating Tim McDonald.
For a full break down, visit: Decision 2013: Unofficial Election Results.