By AlaskaWatchman.com

Palmer City Council Member Linda Combs earned the most votes on election day and held a narrow lead in her effort to keep a key seat on the city council. With more than 450 absentee, early, questioned and special needs ballots still left to count, however, final results are pending. The election will be certified on Monday, Oct. 12.

Linda Combs earned 178 votes on election day, giving her a 31 more votes than second place finisher and fellow incumbent Sabrena Combs and 42 more votes than third place finisher Brian Daniels.

The top two vote earners will win seats on the city council.

In the weeks leading up to the election, Sabrena Combs and Brian Daniels were seen as the far more liberal candidates. If Linda Combs maintains her lead over either Daniels or Sabrena Combs, the city council will preserve a 4-3 advantage over the more liberal block.

The canvass board will meet Oct. 7-9 at Palmer City Hall to review outstanding ballots and the election will be certified Oct. 12.

Palmer residents also voted on four ballot propositions. Election night results are listed below.

Prop 1: Allowing marijuana facilities to set up business in city limits

•             Yes: 142

•             No: 166

Prop. 2: Permitting the city to increase maximum fines from $300 to $1,000

•             Yes: 157

•             No: 146

Prop. 3: Establishing term limits for city council members

•             Yes: 245

•             No: 61

Prop. 4: Paying for improvements to city’s wastewater facilities with $8 million bond.

•             Yes: 222

•             No: 81

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Liberals losing on election night in Palmer, but many ballots still left to count

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.