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Haines Voters Opt To Change Boroughs Charter Preamble, Bill of Rights

Three write-in campaigns slowed the ballot counting in the Haines Borough on Tuesday. But when results did come in, just after midnight, it was clear Haines voters do not support so called corporate-personhood.

Proposition 1 passed by a margin of 130 votes. That means the Haines Borough charter preamble and bill of rights will be amended to say the rights in the charter do not apply to “artificial entities” like corporations.

Two new faces were elected to the Haines Borough Assembly. George Campbell and write in candidates Diana Lapham were elected to the assembly. Mario Benassi another write in candidates is just 46 votes behind Lapham, with a maximum of 49 absentee votes outstanding.

The absentee ballots will decide one of the three seats for the Haines Borough School Board. Incumbent Sarah Swinton was reelected and Lisa Schwartz will be a new member on the board. The winner of the third seat is too close to call. Scott Doddridge is only four votes ahead of incumbent Ardy Miller for that seat.

And in Skagway, Assemblyman Mark Schaefer was elected mayor in that uncontested race. And former assemblyman Tim Cochran received the majority of the votes for one of the two open assembly seats. He’ll be joined at the table by Spencer Morgan. Darren Belise retained his School Board seat.

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