It’s 10:18 p.m. and polls are closed throughout the state in plenty of non-Anchorage local elections. The big issues on tonight’s ballots are a raft of voter initiatives attempting to ban the commercial marijuana industry that first opened stores late last year and a slew of propositions that aim to increase revenues in the face of state budget cuts.
We’ll be following along, attempting to bring all state-wide results into one place. Check back for regular updates, or follow your Midnight Sun editor (with a knee busted a few days into vacation) on Twitter: @mattbuxton and @Midnight_Sun_Ak.
Anecdotally, we’ve seen reports about high turnout throughout the state, but it’s not hard to beat recent years that have had pretty pitiful turnout in local races.
For a run down on some of the interesting races and issues on this year’s ballot, check out last week’s Friday in the Sun.
Fairbanks North Star Borough (82.5 percent of precincts reporting)
Proposition 1: Ban commercial Marijuana (13,56 votes counted)
Yes: 30.83 percent – No: 69.17 percent
Borough Assembly Seat D (13,562 votes counted)
- Christopher Quist: 54.44 percent
- Hank Bartos: 43.99 percent
Borough Assembly Seat E (12,346 votes counted)
- Jo Ann Borges – 12.00 percent
- Ryan Smith – 24.10 percent
- Jerry McBeath – 21.42 percent
- Samuel McKeirnan – 5.87 percent
- Angela M. Major – 34.75 percent
Borough Assembly Seat H (12,648 votes counted)
- Aaron Lojewski – 40.01 percent
- Charles Kesler Woodward – 9.20 percent
- Leah Berman Williams – 37.78 percent
- Robert Shields – 11.35 percent
Fairbanks (83.3 percent of precincts reporting)
Proposition A: Ban commercial marijuana (2,901 votes counted)
Yes: 30.40 percent – No: 69.60 percent
Proposition B: Property tax hike (1,379 votes counted)
Yes: 44.59 percent – No: 55.41 percent
Kenai Peninsula Borough (96.55 percent of precincts reporting)
Borough Mayor (11,594 votes counted)
- Charlie Pierce – 39.28 percent
- Linda Hutchings – 31.06 percent
- Dale Bagley- 28.75 percent
With no candidate winning a majority of the vote, this race will go to a runoff on Oct. 24 between Pierce and Hutchings. (For what it’s worth, word is Bagley’s politics are similar to Hutchings.)
Proposition 1: Prohibit Marijuana (6174 votes)
- Yes: 35.98 percent
- No: 64.02 percent
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— Kodiak Daily Mirror (@kodiakmirror) October 4, 2017
Juneau (13 of 13 precincts reporting)
Proposition 1: Extend 1 percent sales tax for five years (5,286 votes counted)
The initiative would extend the temporary 1 percent Juneau sales tax for five years. Juneau has a 1 percent permanent sales tax and a temporary 3 percent sales tax, which expires on July 1, 2022.
Yes: 76.7 percent – No: 23.2 percent
District 1 Assembly
- Loretto Jones – 4.3 percent
- Jesse Kiehl – 66.9 percent
- Chuck Collins – 28.7 percent
District 2 Assembly
- Debbie White – 39.6 percent
- Robert “Rob” Edwardson – 60.3 percent
School Board (Top two win)
- Jeff Short – 34.1 percent
- Brian Holst – 45.6 percent
- Kevin Allen – 20.1 percent
2017 Ketchikan Municipal Election: Propositions.
Boro Prop. 1 (Special Marijuana tax): Approved.
KTN City Prop. 1 (Rideshare ban): Failed
— Ketchikan Daily News (@KDNNews) October 4, 2017
Mat-Su (All precincts but absentee counted)
Would institute a three percent sales tax in the Talkeetna sewer and water service area.
Yes: 42 votes – No: 30 votes
Assembly District 4
- Patricia M. “Pat” Hogan – 281
- Ted J. Leonard – 481
Assembly District 5
- James D. “Dan” Mayfield – 588
- Clayton E. Tew -608
School Board District 6
- Emery M. Schramm – 218
- Kelsey R. Trimmer – 322
City Council (Top two win seats.)
- Linda A. Combs – 27.66 percent
- Sabrena K. Combs – 36.52 percent
- Brad Hanson – 44.15 percent
- Kenni M. “Psenak” Linden – 35.11 percent
Wasilla (Three of three precincts counted)
Increases sales tax from 2 percent to 3 percent effective Jan. 1, 2018. The increase would run for a two years or until $12 million is collected, whichever is first. After $12 million is raised, the rate would be reduced to 2.5 percent. The fees will be used for a new Wasilla Police Department.
Yes: 58.2 percent – No: 41.8 percent
Mayor (614 votes counted)
- Kevin S. Baker – 17.6 percent
- Bert L. Cottle – 70.4 percent
- Loren Means – 11.4 percent
With all but the absentee votes counted right now Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor is a run off between Linda Hutchings and Charlie Pierce. Run off is Oct 24. New mayor takes office November 6.