Thanks to what appears to be a near total sweep by leftist candidates in the Oct. 3 Fairbanks election, the borough assembly and school board will soon be dominated by liberals who campaigned on fighting climate change, increasing abortion access and advancing radical elements of the LGBTQ political agenda.
There are still about 1,700 outstanding absentee and questioned ballots to be counted, but conservatives would need to make up between 800 and 1,400 votes in order to change the initial results. Only 22% of registered voters cast a ballot.
Once considered to be politically purple, the unofficial election results indicate that the Fairbanks is now solidly blue. The only exception is the Fairbanks City Council, where two conservatives incumbents, John Ringstad and Lonny Marney, appear to have staved off their liberal challengers.
On the borough level, extreme liberal candidates, Liz Reeves-Ramos (endorsed by Planned Parenthood) and Nick LaJiness, unseated solid conservative incumbents Tammie Wilson and Jimi Cash. Additionally, Scott Cross – another Planned Parenthood endorsed candidate – beat conservative Aaron Gibson.
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Conservatives fared no better in the three school board races, which were also swept by hard leftists. Incumbent Tim Doran (endorsed by Planned Parenthood) has spearheaded controversial policies and divisive curriculum for years. He easily defeated conservative challenger Michael Humphrey. Another Planned Parenthood favorite, Bobby Burgess, ousted conservative incumbent April Smith, while radical pro-abortion and LGBTQ activist Meredith Maple easily unseated conservative incumbent Maggie Matheson.
Thanks to the blue wave, Fairbanks residents may see emboldened liberals push for greater efforts to impose climate-change regulations, advance critical race theory and LGBTQ initiatives in schools, and seek to tax non-profit religious organizations, among other policy goals.
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