Conservatives running for four seats on the Anchorage School Board appear to be suffering from the fact that too like-minded candidates have split the conservative vote.
After the third day of ballot counting, stalwart conservative Judy Norton Eledge is trailing the leading vote getter and staunch liberal Kelly Lessons 17,801 to 16,697. Fellow conservative, Mark Anthony Cox has siphoned off 5,051 votes. There are still several thousand votes left to tally but Eledge has more than 1,100 votes to make up.
Similarly, in the School Board Set E race, conservative Sami Graham is trailing the Planned Parenthood backed candidate Pat Higgins, 13,905 to 15,188. Fellow conservative Nial Williams has taken 1,673 conservative votes.
For Seat F, leftist candidate Dora Wilson has 20,199 votes to 14,321 for conservative Kim Paulson. Conservative Marcus Sanders, however, has 6,988 votes.
Seat G is the only two-way race, and here Planned Parenthood backed Carl Jacobs enjoys a narrow 22,186 to 20,641 lead over centrist candidate Elisa Vakalis.
MOST BOND PROPOSALS PASSING
With regard to taking on new debt, six of seven bond proposals are still on their way to passing after the second round of vote counting. These bonds deal with facility maintenance, capitol improvement projects, public safety, fire fighters, police, parks and recreation, library facilities and roads. The only bond proposition that appears to be on its way to defeat is Prop. 1 which asks voters to approve nearly $7 million in debt to address building upgrades, code improvement projects, pool filtration and solar panels.