Anchorage election: Razor close races & many votes yet to be counted


    The unofficial results of the mail-in Anchorage election were posted late Tuesday night. With thousands of ballots yet to be counted, there are a several razor close races among candidates for the Anchorage Assembly and the Anchorage School Board. Depending on the final outcome these elected bodies could swing more conservative.

    As of April 7, more than 45,000 voters had cast ballots, but residents had until 8 p.m. to mail in their votes, and many more are expected to arrive over the next few days. To date, just 19% of the 232,298 registered Anchorage voters have submitted ballots.

    As things stand, it looks as if most bond propositions are on their way to victory, while pot-shop smoking lounges are headed to defeat. The 5% alcohol sales tax is too close to call, and voters approved adding an additional 12th seat on the Anchorage Assembly.

    Among the candidates, conservative pro-life Jamie Allard looks like she is headed to victory on the Anchorage Assembly, while left-leaning Austin Quinn-Davidson and Pete Peterson appear they will keep their seats. Two other races are very tight with solid traditional family values candidates – Christine Hill and Rick Costillo – attempting to unseat Felix Rivera and Suzanne LaFrance respectively. For school board, conservative Dave Donley will likely keep his seat, as will the more liberal Andy Holleman.

    Official results will be available after the Anchorage Assembly certifies the outcome two weeks after the election. Below are unofficial results so far.


    • Christopher Constant (ran unopposed)


    • Jamie Allard: 3,943 (58.75%) – Endorsed by the Watchman
    • Stephany Jeffers: 2,179 (32.46%)
    • Roger Branson: 495 (7.37%)


    • Austin Quinn-Davidson: 4,756 (62.45%)
    • Nick Danger: 2,270 (29.81%) – Endorsed by the Watchman
    • MoHagani Magnetek: 472 (6.2%)


    • Felix Rivera: 3,437 (50.17%)
    • Christine Hill: 3,346 (48.84%) – Endorsed by the Watchman


    • Pete Petersen: 3,765 (54.92%)
    • Monty Dyson: 2,435 (35.52%) – Endorsed by the Watchman
    • David Walker: 585 (8.53%)


    • Suzanne LaFrance: 5,329 (51.41%)
    • Rick Castillo: 4,949 (47.75%) – Endorsed by the Watchman


    • Dave Donley: 21,800 (55.43%) – Endorsed by the Watchman
    • James Smallwood: 16,992 (43.21%)


    • Andy Holleman: 20,497 (54.15%)
    • JC Cates: 8,685 (22.95%) – Endorsed by the Watchman
    • Phil Isley: 8,076 (21.34%)

    PROP. 1: Road improvements

    • Yes: 21,943 (50.07%)
    • No: 21,884 (49.93%)

    PROP. 2: Capital improvements, construction, upgrades, design, planning, renovation and earthquake recovery of school facilities and educational facility building life extension projects

    • Yes: 25,895 (57.89%)
    • No: 18,839 (42.11%)

    PROP. 3: Road and drainage projects

    • Yes: 25,662 (58.04%)
    • No: 18,554 (41.96%)

    PROP. 4: Replace fire ladder truck, make fire department facility improvements and expand the shop in the Anchorage Fire Service Area

    • Yes: 29,696 (66.41%)
    • No: 15,018 (33.59%)

    PROP. 5: Improve trails, parks, playground and parking

    • Yes: 23,525 (53.34%)
    • No: 20,580 (46.66%)

    PROP. 6: Acquire new police vehicles and make capital improvements in the Police Service Area

    • Yes: 24,208 (55.33%)
    • No: 19,546 (44.67%)

    PROP. 7: Make capital improvements for Anchorage Senior Activity Center and Chugiak-Eagle River Senior Center and Loussac and Mt. View libraries

    • Yes: 24,276 (55.22%)
    • No: 19,689 (44.78%)

    PROP. 8: Replace ambulances and cardiac monitors, improve transit facilities, replace transit vehicles and support equipment, update automated operating information systems, make bus stop and related improvements

    • Yes: 25,963 (59.03%)
    • No: 18,019 (40.97%)

    PROP. NO. 9: Rent or leasing cardiac monitors, chest compression systems, automated external defibrillators (AEDs), power gurney systems, and other emergency medical equipment and systems

    • Yes: 28,826 (65.39%)
    • No: 15,260 (34.61%)

    PROP. 10: Construct community building to replace Glacier City Hall and Little Bears

    • Yes: 20,021 (46.42%)
    • No: 23,110 (53.58%)

    PROP. 11: Allow marijuana stores to let customers smoke marijuana on site.

    • Yes: 15,786 (35.72%)
    • No: 28,409 (64.28%)

    PROP. 12: Add one additional assembly member to make a total of 12

    • Yes: 25,258 (59.14%)
    • No: 17,453 (40.86%)

    PROP. 13: Implement 5% alcohol sales tax to fund police, criminal justice personnel and first responders, combat child abuse, sexual assault, and domestic violence, fund substance abuse treatment, fund mental and behavioral health programs; address homelessness

    • Yes: 22,750 (51.76%)
    • No: 21,203 (48.24%)

    Click here for the complete unofficial results.

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    Joel Davidson
    Joel Davidson
    Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 20 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.

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