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.

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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Blue wave gives leftists firm control of Fairbanks schools & borough assembly

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.


  • Lobo says:

    Was RCV (Rigged Choice Voting) involved ?

  • Neil DeWitt says:

    I for one will never comply. I do not believe we are here to be dominated over. That is why AMERICA fought the War of 1776, 1812, and the Civil War. America is all about FREEDOM! This democratic controlled everything is not Freedom, it’s tyranny! We need to keep an even number of both sides to achieve that. Look at our federal government and the mess were in. look at Anchorage and the mess there in. Now Fairbanks? Better change the name of that city too. Maybe something like “rulers city” would be fitting. We don’t need a king to rule us. We need the FREEDOM we all signed up for. It’s time to start looking at this if it’s not to late. We don’t need all our cities to be like Juneau.

  • Elizabeth DeMaar says:

    maybe if the news paper had printed in plain words what each candidate stood for such as the liberal agenda more citizens would have made a greater effort to vote.

    • Lucinda says:

      DeMar: It’s up to you to educate yourself. The GOVERNMENT publishes election booklets.

    • SA says:

      To be fair, the Fairbanks News Miner DID publish extensive candidate bios for the candidates. There were also multiple forums by multiple organizations, e.g. the Chamber of Commerce, the League of Women Voters, the Fairbanks Republican Women, University of Alaska Fairbanks student organizations, and West Valley High School student forum. Many of these were broadcast on TV and radio, recorded and shared with the public, and talked about extensively on social media. And then there were the letters to the editor and Community Perspectives. There were dozens and dozens of them about the candidates over a three month period. Most of the candidates also had multiple meet-and-greet fundraisers. So anyone with at least a little bit of incentive to vote would have had plenty of opportunities to learn about the candidates. The plain and simple fact is that the conservatives ran lousy candidates with extreme views centering on the Outside culture wars, while the progressives ran better candidates who focused on local issues of importance to local voters.

      As an aside, none of the progressives, contrary to Joel’s claim, worked for “increasing access to abortions” as he falsely claimed. Only one of the six progressives elected mentioned climate change, and none of the school board candidates did. Again, another false claim by Joel. Finally, there is no “LGBTQ political agenda;” another lie. Well, maybe there is one agenda item: as candidate Meredith Maple said, if there is an LGBTQ+ agenda, it would be to help queer kids survive to adulthood. None of the conservative candidates were willing for that to happen, and Fairbanks voters rejected their anti-LGBTQ+ hate speech.

      • Friend of Humanity says:

        Attention EVERYONE! Did you read SA’s comment? This is one of their approaches now to fool the people into believing the leftist agenda. They adopt some of what the human-loving people are saying, but then throw in their beliefs/talking point so smoothly that some may not catch on to it. This is being done by the left for the rank choice voting also.

  • Friend of Humanity says:

    Another reason that Alaska Humanity-loving People need to get off their derrieres and go to the local meetings, get involved, get to know the people in your area and VOTE VOTE VOTE every time you have the opportunity to do so!

  • Here we go says:

    I received pamphlet after pamphlet in the mail supporting these leftist candidates and every one of them was funded or sponsored by some national group not any where close to Alaska. There was a lot of big money trying to get these people elected. Time to make sure we show up and make some noise at assembly and school board meetings!

  • Penny Johnson says:

    Another large Alaska city fell to the Woke mob; asleep at the switch.

  • DaveMaxwell says:

    This was due to cheating.
    I can now hear the jeer’s from the aggressors who do not allow illumination on the subject! Calling me names sore looser, conspiracy lunatic,etc. Well your an as$! Now that were done with the name calling how about a forensic audit! Too expensive you say! There is never money to get to the truth, but all kinds of money to expand government bloat, give legislators a 38% raise, and hire the incompetent Mike pacarro to opine on fisheries which he knows nothing about (136k a year)! Shut the hell up with the whining and demand a forensic audit from an outside vendor. I suggest starting with judicial watch!

    • Lucinda says:

      FoH. SA’s comment was informative and reasoned and accurate. No wonder you are threatened by it.

    • AK Pilot says:

      It’s kind of hard to blame “cheating” when turnout was only 22%. Maybe if more conservatives actually cared enough to vote the results would have been different.

  • Johnny says:

    Tis the will of the lord God, be it for the land of milk and honey or tribulations, only with time will we know.

  • Lucinda says:

    So sad to be a Republican. From top to bottom, the absence of morality and ideals has led them to a desperate course: tweak the system. That means plotting to kill the VP, lying about the 2020 election, dooshy House procedures, grifting, violence against elected officials and election officers, promising pardons, phony impeachment investigation, SCOTUS members taking bribes, everything trump touches.

    You’re weakening our country. Never have we been this close to losing our democracy. Trump is largely to blame but his basket of deplorables advance this destruction.

  • Jon and Ruth Ewig says:

    There are many possibilities why we were slaughtered here in Fairbanks. Hundreds of thousands of dollars were invested in the leftists through forced dues from three specific PACs. Two of the PACS were located in Washington DC, a third was out of Colorado. Alaska Watchman printed that there is a lawsuit to enforce the law that unions cannot take the money from the rank and file because it removes free speech rights from the laborers. Be assured that the leftists/Marxists are liars and cannot win without cheating. That is their signature.
    The NEA, the communist party of America, which endorsed the leftists should not be endorsing at all due to a conflict of interest. Planned Parenthood gets government money to fight us.
    We need to get smart and tap into out of state conservative money sources.
    The Dominion machines are still in use which means we do not know what algorithm are in the voting machines. Lt. Gov. Mallott under Governor Walker put them in (probably for a bribe) and these machines haven’t been removed even though Mallott was removed from office for his immoral behavior. We need to petition the Lt. Gov., the Governor and the state election director to get Dominion voting machines removed in Alaska’s elections.
    Many ministers and Christians are still afraid of the courts and hide from politics. The truth is Churches were where politics were discussed when America become a country. Read Historian David Barton’s Wallbuilders. The courts overstepped and changed the wording from “separation of church from state” to “separation of church from state…” The mixed up understanding was not corrected, and the courts had no business changing it. There was no significant push back so it stuck.
    A card was mailed out two days before the election to all of us, which was the AFL-CIO – saying, “We are the community … Vote for those who support you.” “We are for working families.”
    The leftist newspaper did not print my letter or others’ letters. They did provide the columns for the Cole brothers and the librarians. (The Daily News Miner is far left and publishes from Chicago, Los Angeles and other leftist outlets. They do not publish Conservative or Christian essays or letters even though those are submitted.)
    We covered every single church with voter information including what Alaska Watchman printed, and Alaska Family Action sent their voter guides.
    An old timer said that he has been voting since he was 18 and knows that voting is patriotic. We have a civic duty to be informed and vote. Too many Christians and ministers are still asleep. We have lost this round but like Churchill have not lost our will regardless of the odds.

    • DaveMaxwell says:

      I could not scream a louder AMEN to Jon and Ruth’s comments! Well done
      Hey church/ Christians, can you hear this? “If you have ears to hear then let them hear”
      Your demise is at stake if you don’t!

  • Jim says:

    All you can do at this point is pull your kids out of the public school system. Let the school board rule over empty buildings.

  • Debi Kirchner says:

    Doesn’t matter anymore what party we are with, the left/communists have taken over our country plain and simple and we stood by and allowed it to happen. Shame on us!

    • DaveMaxwell says:

      Is it time to give up? This depends on what you are made of ! I really don’t think it’s relevant as to whether your a Christian or not! Many proofs already exist that Christians in these times are pacifist’s anyway. In this regard they act contrary to their own scripture ( look at the book Nehemiah or chapters 7,8,+9 of Jeremiah for example). The real question is has your character been trained over the course of your life to endure hardships, to keep running the race, or simply act on behalf of someone else even if it cost you! We’ve been questioned at the beginning of this journey to count the cost , because the fact is there are going to be some! Where there ought to be callouses there is fat cells and fat melts in the face of the battle!
      What are you made of?

    • Friend of Humanity says:

      Very true Debi. At this point, it is not about political parties – it is about good versus evil.

  • George says:

    Never forget, Democrats hate America and they hate Americans. That’s why the border is wide open. They intend to destroy this country.

  • jon says:

    I applaud Fairbanks. They have seen the light. MAGAts think that they control the country, blaming “fradulaent” votes on their losses. They think Trump is God, instead he is a indicted criminal who conspired with our enemies.

    • Friend of Humanity says:

      jon, I see that you, just as Lucinda is now doing also, are pushing the lefty talking points using the highlighted words that the left is now using to try to bring down people who love humanity. I do not know of one person that thinks that Trump is “God.” You speak blasphemy when you liken Trump to the Creator of All Creation. I am on team humanity, which is trying to save all of humanity from the evil that is trying to take over this world. Looking forward to the truth winning.

  • Lucindann says:

    As an aside, Donald Trump provided our enemies with specific information about nuclear submarines. Is that not the very define of treason? At some point Always Trumpers will have to reconcile the defendant’s crimes with their own sense of what is good. It will be tough to do.

    • Friend of Humanity says:

      Lucinda, where is the proof that President Trump provided information about the nuclear subs? From what I heard, a lefty reporter made up a story from something that “they saw.” At some point, Trump haters are going to be exposed for ALL of the lies that they have told since 2015 and when the flood of truth hits, it is going to be a glorious day for the people standing up for truth, but a tough day for the Trump haters. We can see already that the drips of truth have been hard to cover up.

  • AK Pilot says:

    22% voter turnout? Clearly conservatives in FNSB simply don’t care enough to vote. Anchorage has the same problem and look where that’s gotten us!