Unionization Code Change, Whiddon-Woodruff Race, Too Close To Call

Jay Barrett/KMXT

Giving City of Kodiak workers the right to discuss unionization is hanging in the balance in an election that is too close to call. City Proposition 1, which would change city code to remove the roadblock to collective bargaining, currently is failing by a small handful of votes, with 409 NO, and 392 YES.

The race between Jon Whiddon and Mike Woodruff for a one-year term on the council is also very close, and, according to City Clerk Debra Marlar, too close to call until the canvas of the election is done a week from today. Marlar said there are 141 questioned ballots still outstanding.

Whiddon has 426 votes to Woodruff’s 348. Both operate fish processing plants in Kodiak. Whiddon is a retired Coast Guard helicopter pilot and Woodruff is the son of the late Dave Woodruff, who served many years on the Kodiak City Council.

The race for mayor is less close, though with 308, Charlie Davidson got more votes than most challengers do against incumbent Carolyn Floyd, who received 497.

The two incumbents seeking re-election to three-year terms ran unopposed. Josie Rosales got 528 votes and Gabriel Saravia got 520.

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