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Final vote tally could still affect Wrangell election

The unofficial results of the Oct. 2 municipal election in Wrangell show David Jack with a very small lead over challenger Don McConachie in the mayoral race. After 510 ballots were cast, Jack received only five votes more than McConachie.

James Stough and Pam McCloskey both ran unopposed and will take seats on the Borough Assembly. Maxlyn Wiederspohn unseated Borough Assembly member and challenger Billie Younce. Wiederspohn had a nearly 200-vote advantage. She will serve an unexpired term through October of next year.

According to unofficial results, Barbara Conine will take Robert Henry’s seat on the Wrangell Hospital Board. The two previous tied during the August special election where the majority of the board was recalled. According to Wrangell Municipal Code, in the event of a tie, the winner must be decided by a coin toss, which Henry won at the time. Judy Allen and Marlene Messmer will retain their seats and all three will now serve four-year terms.

Clay Hammer received 119 write-in votes in his bid to capture the Port Commissioner seat.

Unofficial results show Krissy Smith with enough votes to keep her seat on the Wrangell Public School Board and Tammy Groshong will join her as the newest member. She takes over for Rick Groshong who decided not to run again.

Voter turnout for yesterday’s election was roughly 22 percent.

There are still 96 total absentee votes to be counted, which means the outcome of the mayoral race could potentially change. The Canvass Board will meet tomorrow afternoon at 1 in Borough Assembly Chambers to go through the final ballots. Members also will review and decide whether or not to count four ballots that are in question. Certification of the official results is expected Monday evening at 5:30 in Borough Assembly Chambers during a special meeting.

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