By AlaskaWatchman.com

With vote counting now over, the Anchorage’s far left can breathe a sigh of relief after narrowly winning all four school board races and retaining arguably the most radical assemblyman the city has ever seen.

A total of 75,365 Anchorage resident voted in the April election. That’s nearly 32% of eligible voters.

The silver lining for conservatives is that the top political post is still up for grabs. Conservative Dave Bronson will attempt to defeat far left candidate Forrest Dunbar in a May 11 runoff since neither man was able to capture at least 45% of the overall vote. A Bronson win may provide some balance to the hard left tilt the city has taken.

In most races, multiple conservative candidates have divided up the vote and handed victory to opponents who were supported by Planned Parenthood and other liberal activist groups.

Here’s how the final tally looks for the top vote getters.

MAYORAL RACE

  • Dave Bronson: 24,537
  • Forrest Dunbar: 23,028
  • Bill Falsey: 9,543
  • Bill Evans: 7,066
  • Mike Robbins: 5,761
  • George Martinez: 2,751

VOTE TO RECALL ASSEMBLYMAN FELIX RIVERA

  • Yes: 5,180 (43.5%)
  • No: 6,739 (56.5%)

SCHOOL BOARD SEAT B

  • Kelly Lessons: 25,327 (38.8%)
  • Judy Norton Eledge: 25,092 (38.4%)

SCHOOL BOARD SEAT E

  • Pat Higgins: 21,389 (32.9%)
  • Sami Graham: 21,013 (32.4%)

SCHOOL BOARD SEAT F

  • Dora Wilson: 28,752 (45%)
  • Kim Paulson: 21,575 (33.8%)

SCHOOL BARD SEAT G

  • Carl Jacobs: 31,917 (51.2%)
  • Elisa Vakalis: 30,382 (48.8%)

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Leftist candidates eke out wins in sharply divided Anchorage – mayoral race heads to runoff

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.