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.



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


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


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


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


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


  • Jubilee Underwood: 846
  • Jennifer Walther: 413


  • 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 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.


  • Michael Alexander says:

    The results are great. Now we need to accomplish great things for the people of the The Mighty Mat-SU Improve the education system, open the port to more traffic, become more business friendly, and my favorite – build new gun ranges after the ridiculous current restrictions are removed by the 2nd Amendment supporting Assembly.

  • Jen says:

    The voting turnout is too low. Remember Democrats are promoting Alaska as a good place to move in hope it can turn blue by new residents. The Matsu Republican neighbors arent doing enough meeting their neighbors and seeing they turn-out to vote. The non partisan, I know, they don’t really want Democrat policies, they unfortunately developed too much complacency and self pity about leaders to think their vote doesn’t matter. All it’ll take is more Democrats to move into Matsu communities to challenge and threaten its Republican hold.

  • Proud Alaskan says:

    Matsu is such a nice place to live. Like living among normal God fearing people.
    No mask wearing, no shots, just good old fashion biscuit and gravy at your local diner.
    Not like Anchorage, with is a huge cesspool

  • DoneWithIt says:

    Look at Fairbanks – they have a bunch of Commie libs because conservatives aren’t going out to vote.
    Is Anchorage really a leftie city? Have Anchorage demographics finally turned the tide? If so, how was Bronson elected and yet the city council looks like the Soviet politburo?
    The Valley is truly a special place – if we want to keep it that way – we HAVE to vote – or risk losing our fundamental freedoms and liberties (like Anchorage with the China flu mass hysteria).
    The fight has only begun – it is never over – those who would enslave free men never rest or tire.

  • thomas says:

    well, maybe if we did away with the machines and went back to hand counting the ballots more residents would believe in the process and vote.

    • Clarice says:

      Exactly. Our vote truly doesn’t count as was shown in the presidential election fraud. The media and justice and political systems are bought and paid for.

  • Ronald Birdsong says:

    I live in Anchorage I’m new to Alaska this is my third year, I have voted Republican all my life, and will continue doing so. I do not for the life of me know how Anchorage is so left, I mean I live in a community where my left footed neighbors come unglued if I spray my trees for bark beetles, But I’m trying to build in Willow this coming summer so hopefully I will get out there with the God-fearing do unto others, as you would have others do unto you types of people! Love Alaska wished I would have come 25 years ago

  • Michael+Alan says:

    How is itnwe can say “conservatives sweep elections” when they are “no -partisan”

    Whybarenwe forced to hide political affiliation by pretending these elections are non-partisan?

    The only ones we’re fooling are the 60% of the voters that didn’t vote. We need to be able to declare party affiliation so voters know who to vote for.

  • Northern 907 says:

    They are still using Dominion voting machines.
    We need to hand count and conservatives need to vote!

  • Robert Weel says:

    Good for the Mat-Su! Now if Anchorage could learn how to vote and get rid of the 9 Liberal Left-Wing Ass(embly) members life would be great here too. Again, good job May-Su!