Liberals now enjoy a majority on the seven-member Palmer City Council as the election night lead of longtime Council Member Linda Combs evaporated after absentee ballots were tallied.

Linda Combs was narrowly ahead on Oct. 6 but wound up losing a razor close race to both Sabrena Combs and Brian Daniels who were seen as far more liberal candidates. The top two vote-getters will be seated on the council.

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 and political newcomer Brian Daniels.

After counting 729 votes after election night, Sabrina Combs was the top vote getter with 419 votes,  followed by Daniels with 385 and Linda Combs in third place with 372 votes.

The results will reshape the city council from a 4-3 conservative majority to a 4-3 liberal majority.

In addition to the city council races, several ballot propositions also passed including approval of marijuana stores in the city limits.

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

•             Yes: 386 (52%)

•             No: 350 (47.2%)

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

•             Yes: 439 (66.6%)

•             No: 286 (39.5%)

Prop. 3: Establishing term limits for city council members

•             Yes: 606 (83.1%)

•             No: 123 (16.9%)

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

•             Yes: 569 (78.4%)

•             No: 157 (21.6%)

Absentee votes put liberals in control of Palmer City Council

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.