Challengers Have Hard Time in Assembly Races

Yesterday’s Anchorage Municipal Election featured six assembly races, two school board contests and 11 propositions. Here’s KSKA’s Len Anderson with the assembly and school board results.

Patrick Flynn won 69 percent of the Seat B vote, which represents downtown, South Addition, Fairview, Government Hill and portions of Mountain View. Ron Alleva and Albert Swank Jr. each received about 14 percent.

Eagle River/Chugiak incumbent Bill Starr tallied 70 percent against his two challengers, Bob Lupo (17 percent) and Douglas Urquidi (11 percent).

West Anchorage incumbent, Harriet Drummond, captured just under 50 percent in a four-way contest. Liz Vazquez received 43 percent, Peter Olson, 5 percent and Kendra Taber, 2 percent.

Elvi Gray-Jackson kept her Midtown Seat with 55 percent, compared to Dave Bronson’s 40 percent and Billy Ray Powers 4 percent.

On Anchorage’s East side, Adam Trombley has a three and a half percent lead over incumbent Mike Gutierrez. Trombley has 3,196; Gutierrez, 2,944 with Paul Bauer posting 622.

And incumbent Chris Birch handily defeated his challenger to retain his south side seat. Birch received 57 percent of the vote; Mike Kenny, 42 percent.

In the School Board Seat C race, incumbent Pat Higgins has 186 vote edge over Bob Griffin. That’s less than a one percent margin. Dustin Darden is a distant third.

And Gretchen Guess leads her nearest rival for John Steiner’s former seat. Guess has 48 percent, Treg Taylor, 40 percent, with David Nees at 7 and Roman Romanovski with 4 percent.

The results are unofficial. The municipal election commission will count the absentee ballots on April 15th with the Anchorage Assembly scheduled to certify the election on April 19th.

Len Anderson, KSKA – Anchorage

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