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Unofficial election results: seats filled on hospital board, assembly

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The regular elections of the City and Borough of Wrangell were Tuesday.

About 600 voters took to the polls in Tuesday’s city and borough elections.

In the mayoral race, incumbent David Jack will keep his position for another year. He defeated planning and zoning commission member Kipha Valvoda with three-quarters of the vote.

Hospital employee, grandmother, and incumbent Maxi Wiederspohn, won the only contested seat on the assembly. With just over half the vote, she defeated both community member Billie Younce and another current assembly member, Ernie Christian.

Christian helped pen the controversial ballot initiative to lower the city and borough sales tax by one and a half percent, which would have cost the city $500,000 in lost annual revenue.

That proposition was defeated by 75% of the vote. There were 172 “yes” votes and 451 “nos.”

Voters overwhelmingly elected Julie Decker to Assembly Seat E and Daniel Blake to Assembly Seat F. They both ran unopposed, but independently collected over 90% of the vote.

John Martin, David Silva, and John Yeager were elected to fill the open seats on the Port Commission.

Terri Henson and Bernie Massin will keep their seats on the hospital board for another four years.

Rinda Howell and Cyni Waddington were elected to fill the open spots on the school board.

These results are unofficial until the canvass board meets on Thursday.


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