Absentee votes put liberals in control of Palmer City Council

    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%)

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    1. Wow, that’s sad for Palmer what a terrible combination of pot businesses and a liberal city council to make the regulations. We saw what happened in Fairbanks, just a bad deal.

    2. What liberal politics could a small city like Palmer engage in? Hey, they voted for term limits; that’s certainly universally supported by everybody.

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