By AlaskaWatchman.com

If preliminary results from the Nov. 2 election are any indication, the Mat-Su Borough remains a bastion of conservativism in Alaska.

Mat-Su residents wave signs in the lead up to the Nov. 2 election.

With 2,800 absentee and questioned ballots still left to count, Palmer Mayor Edna DeVries was far outpacing former Borough Assemblyman Matthew Beck in the borough mayoral race. An unabashed social and fiscal conservative, DeVries was 4,046 votes ahead of Beck when polls closed.

In the lead up to the election, DeVries distinguished herself as the more conservative candidate on a host of issues such as election reform, gun rights, school choice, COVID mandates and climate change.

Slightly more than 15% of registered voters (13,387 out of 88,827) have cast ballots with absentee and questioned ballots still left to tally.

Voters overwhelmingly approved a ballot proposition (8,363 to 4,810) which includes $61 million for road construction and improvements across the Mat-Su. Click here to see the projects.

In Borough Assembly races, the strongest social and fiscal conservatives appear to have run the gamut. See results below.

Before the election is made official, the canvass board must verify precinct results and review the eligibility of outstanding absentee and questioned ballots. A review board will then count all confirmed ballots. The Borough Assembly will certify the election during a special meeting on Nov. 16 at 5 p.m. Complete election results can be viewed here.

PRELIMINARY RESULTS

MAYOR

  • Edna DeVries: 7,623
  • Matthew Beck: 3,577
  • Bert Cottle: 2,000

ASSEMBLY DISTRICT 3

  • Dolores “Dee” McKee: 1,180
  • Mark Bailey: 427
  • Ferdinand “F. Jay” Kruger: 198

ASSEMBLY DISTRICT 6

  • Jesse Sumner: 1,367
  • Kristi Short: 563
  • Richard “Dick” Clippard: 133

ASSEMBLY DISTRICT 7

  • Ron Bernier: 1,192
  • Tamara Boeve: 737

SCHOOL BOARD DISTRICT 1

  • Tom Bergey: 1,592
  • Lori Berrigan: 940

SCHOOL BOARD DISTRICT 4

  • Jubilee Underwood: 846
  • Jennifer Walther: 413

BALLOT PROPOSITION 1

  • Yes: 8,363
  • No: 4,810

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Mat-Su election results: Edna DeVries is new borough mayor as conservatives sweep

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.