Following ousting of Mayor Brower, North Slope elections yield no successor

The is no winner as yet in the North Slope Borough’s mayoral election, and officials indicate there may be a run-off election. With absentee and questioned ballots still to be counted, not one of the seven candidates has received the required 40 percent of the ballot.

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Charlotte Brower (Photo couretsy of the Arctic Women's Summit)
Charlotte Brower (Photo courtesy of the Arctic Women’s Summit)

The Borough’s election on Tuesday was held to find a someone to fill out the term of former Borough mayor Charlotte Brower, who was recalled in a special election in April. Charlotte Brower was criticized for spending Borough money on her family, while the Alaska Public Offices Commission fined her almost 35 thousand dollars for campaign finance violations.

Despite her ousting, Charlotte Brower is seeking re-election. Tuesday’s vote talley shows that another former Borough mayor, George Ahmaogak, Sr., leads, with Harry Brower, Jr, running second and acting Borough mayor Mike Aamodt trailing third.

The absentee votes will be counted on June 14. If none of the candidates receives 40 percent of the ballot, a run-off election must be held within 40 days.

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