Davidson Defeats Haines in Close City Election; Selby Maintains Lead for Borough Mayor

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Updated results are out from last week’s Municipal Election showing Charlie Davidson overcoming a preliminary two-vote deficit in a close three-way race for Kodiak City Council. Results released Wednesday afternoon after counting absentee and question ballots show Davidson has edged out incumbent Terry Haines by 14 votes. Incumbent John Whiddon was easily re-elected with 551 votes.

Haines told KMXT that he would be focusing on his run for state House this November against Republican incumbent Alan Austerman. And he said he wishes both Whiddon and Davidson well on the city council.

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Another close race was for Kodiak Island Borough Mayor with incumbent Jerome Selby defeating challenger Tom Abell by 123 votes.

Other results included the assembly race. Incumbent Louise Stutes took the most votes followed by political newcomer Carol Austerman. Scott Arndt’s bid was unsuccessful, trailing by a margin of 145 votes.

Proposition 1, a union-backed initiative to allow city workers to vote on unionization, was defeated by just 39 votes. A similar measure failed last year by just 17 votes. A subsequent change in municipal law means city workers cannot try again until 2012.

Voter turnout in the borough election varied widely by precinct. Ouzinkie had the highest turnout with 39.55 percent compared to the Bell’s Flats which had less than 10 percent. The overall average was 24.03 percent out of 9,619 registered voters.

Citywide, turnout was slightly better. A reported 26.9 percent of registered voters cast ballots out of a roll of 3,743 people.

These results are still not official. They await ratification by the borough assembly and city council later this month.

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