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    Conservatives run up solid election night leads in 7 of 8 Fairbanks races

    AlaskaWatchman.com

    When polls closed in Fairbanks on Oct. 6, it looked like a conservative revolution was well underway. More than 2,500 absentee and questioned ballots still need to be tallied for the Fairbanks Borough, which begins today and ends Oct. 13. As of election night, however, it appears that seven of eight races are swinging solidly to the right.

    SCHOOL BOARD CONSERVATIVES GROW RANKS

    The Fairbanks School Board appears to have added two traditional conservatives to its ranks with April Smith easily defeating incumbent Sean Rice and Maggie Matheson solidly beating Brandon Boyland. If their leads hold, Smith and Matheson will join Matthew Sampson as three solid conservatives on the seven-member school board.

    The conservative block had a shot at taking over the majority, but incumbent Tim Doran appears to have fended off a strong challenge by Jeffrey Rentzel, which means the liberal arm would enjoy a narrow 4-3 advantage. This is far closer, however, than the 6-1 advantage they had prior to the election. Below are the unofficial results.

    SCHOOL BOARD SEAT F

    •             April Smith 5,660

    •             Brianna Gray: 4,259

    •             Sean Rice: 2,437

    •             Gregory Kahoe: 1,464

    SCHOOL BOARD SEAT G

    •             Maggie Matheson: 7,757

    •             Brandon Boyland: 5,758

    SCHOOL BOARD SEAT E

    •             Tim Doran: 7,036

    •             Jeffrey Rentzel: 6,656

    BOROUGH ASSEMBLY CONSERVATIVES SWEEP

    All three contests for Borough Assembly appear to have swung conservative with incumbents Jimi Cash and Aaron Lojewski easily fending off challengers on election night. Conservative Tammie Wilson also looks like she will be joining the Assembly, and replacing one of the more liberal members Christopher Quist. Below are the unofficial results from the Assembly races.

    BOROUGH ASSEMBLY SEAT H

    •             Aaron Lojewski: 8,472

    •             Ryan L. VanReenan: 5,580

    BOROUGH ASSEMBLY SEAT E

    •             Jimi Cash: 7,952

    •             Shaun Tacke: 6,144

    BOROUGH ASSEMBLY SEAT D

    •             Tammie Wilson: 7,456

    •             Donald Crocker: 5,347

    •             Chris Ludtke: 1,714

    CONSERVATIVES GO 2 for 2 in CITY COUNCIL RACES

    The Fairbanks City Council races also swung right on election night. Lonny Marney held a 300-vote lead over Sue Sprinkle and Jim Clark ran away from his closest challenger by nearly 500 votes when polls closed.

    CITY COUNCIL SEAT E

    •             Lonny Marney: 1,799

    •             Sue Sprinkle: 1,478

    CITY COUNCIL SEAT F

    •             Jim Clark: 1,358

    •             Montean Jackson: 862

    •             David Van den Berg: 717

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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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