Just 18 months after conservative voters turned out in larger than typical numbers to oust three hard-left Palmer City Council members in April of 2022, progressives have now managed to oust one conservative in last week’s Oct. 3 city election.

Three people ran for two city council seats, with just 9.5% (477) of registered voters (4994) bothering to cast a ballot.

Jim Cooper

Incumbent conservative Richard Best won reelection with 224 votes, but fellow conservative Thomas Ojala was replaced by the pro-abortion, socially liberal Jim Cooper. Cooper secured 279 votes, while Ojala garnered just 178 votes.

Ojala is a pro­-life, social and fiscal conservative. Cooper, however, is openly pro-abortion and supports the radical LGBTQ political agenda.

While the city council still enjoys a conservative majority, left-leaning voters now have a prominent voice on the city’s governing body.

With less than 10% of voters weighing in, Palmer also approved $10 million for the construction of a new public library, and passed a $300,000 property tax exemption for seniors and disabled veterans.

Mat-Su residents will have another chance to cast ballots in two key school board and three borough assembly races during the upcoming Nov. 7 borough elections. Early voting starts Oct. 23.

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Mat-Su leftists make inroads in Palmer City Council election

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.


  • DaveMaxwell says:

    If you dare discuss and condemn the pathetic turn out of voters, you better be prepared to answer the silence that a large portion of society has been screaming, in their homes and internally!

    • Friend of Humanity says:

      I was going to vote and I totally forgot about the October elections. I do remember the November elections…but, that does not help with the October one. I did not see or hear any reminders or pamphlets/flyers about the October elections.

      • Jen says:

        You probably were too busy scrolling your internet reader sites and watching your “truth” videos. Take a long break to hang out more around the real people of Palmer. Make a friend, Go to church and bring another friend to church.

      • Friend of Humanity says:

        Jen, did you vote in the October election? No, I was not too busy scrolling the internet. I don’t have any desire to go hang out with people all day long and hang out at church all day long when things have to be done around the homestead before the snow flies. Why is it that we can get flyers on rank choice voting, but our local reps and government cannot put out reminders about an upcoming election and information about the people running for seats? Seems like this used to happen in the past, but not any more. Having reminders would help keep these important dates in the front of people’s minds.

      • Friend of Humanity says:

        Today, I talked with someone from the borough and found out that the October election was for seats within the city limits of Palmer, Wasilla, and Houston, so people that live outside of those city limits did not vote in the October election. That was good to hear. Well, Republicans still did not get out and vote like they should have and we lost one seat to a demonrat. Matanuska-Susitna Borough regular election will be on Tuesday, November 7, 2023 – EVERYONE GET OUT AND VOTE AT THIS ELECTION!
        (Now, I’ll go listen to the ‘And We Know’ video for today and learn some more truths!)

  • DaveMaxwell says:

    Shall I wait and let you think about it?
    Here’s a question to get you thinking! Do you trust anything the government does? When is the last time you can recall a government official being held accountable for anything? Belief in the system is a thing of the past! Notice the word system! It is rigged! It’s not working on our behalf! Here’s a comforting reminder, Gabriel Ledue, Byron Mallot, Ethan barehisbut, 113thousand identities stolen through the election system, twice, refusal to do a forensic audit, Alaska subscribing to Eric – a democratic operative organization, Mary Fulp being unlawfully detained, Dunleavy keynote speaker in Berlin selling carbon communism, Covid lies that killed!
    Are you comforted yet? There’s a hell of a lot more and no one is held accountable! The voting system is not legitimate! The people are not where the blame belongs! The governor and government own this crap!

    • Friend of Humanity says:

      Dave, I cannot find this Berlin conference that you refer to that Dunleavy went to. I did find a “sustainability report” that is not going to be good for us.

      • MH says:

        I agree, Friend. I see Dunleavy is tieing our tail to the U.N. Not good at all. We have done just fine without the help of the United Nations.

        Are we advocating for those wind turbines off our coast as has the Eastern Seaboard to kill whales. Can not imagine our coastal people liking that so much. Wind turbines have been found inoperable in wet freezing conditions.

        What next? Will Dunleavey join Joe in his push for EVs. Can you just imagine an EV on a freezing 12 hour drive between Fairbanks and Deadhorse?

        Dunleavey, take off your wooly coat and retire. Let someone who doesn’t have their head stuck in the sand run things

      • Friend of Humanity says:

        Gosh, perfect timing here talking about Dunleavy. I am listening to Dr. Lee Merrit talking to Trent Loos (South Dakota I think) talking about the C02 pipelines and the danger that these pipelines present. Apparently, there are counties that are refusing to have these pipelines running through their areas because of the danger.

  • Jen says:

    What did I tell you, the Palmer Democrats are just laying low just like the Eagleriver Democrats are laying low. The conservatives, Christian, and true part Republican voters need to be more vigilant.

    • DaveMaxwell says:

      Part of vigilance is simply being informed! What church in this valley is taking anytime to push back against the onslaught of wickedness? I’ll be waiting for your suggestions! Until then KUMBYA!

  • DaveMaxwell says:

    Just as I thought there is none!

  • jon says:

    That’s wonderful news. People in AK are waking up.