Voter Turnout Light In Mat-Su

Unofficial election results are in for the Matanuska Susitna Borough regular election which took place Tuesday.

Absentee ballots are still out, but unofficial election results for the Matanuska Susitna Borough mayor’s race show incumbent Larry DeVilbiss leading challenger Mark Masteller by a wide margin. After Tuesday’s polls closed, the tally showed DeVilbiss with 5,363 votes, and Masteller with 3,558 votes.

Election results show that just under 15 percent of Borough registered voters turned out to the polls Tuesday.

Borough District 3 Representative Ron Arvin kept his seat on the Assembly, beating challenger Michelle Church with 762 votes over Church’s 583.

The Borough’s Ballot Proposition 2, allowing a greater property tax exemption for seniors and disabled veterans, passed with 6,856 yea votes over 2,169 negative votes. Proposition 1, an increase in the mill levy for a Willow Fire Service Area, failed 192-110.

Debbie Retherford won Mat-Su School Board seat A over two challengers. Retherford has 3,618 votes over closest runner up Aimee Kopp’s 3,197. School Board Seat B was won by Sarah Welton, with 4,432 votes over Heather Fussell’s 3,721 votes.

The results are unofficial. Absentee ballots must be received for counting by Friday. The Mat-Su Borough election will not be certified until Oct. 16.