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WCA elections see two incumbants return

Nearly twice as many voters hit the polls this year than last for the Wrangell Cooperative Association board elections.

Election chairperson Sandy Churchill said she is pleased with the turnout.

The ballots see two incumbents reclaim their seats and two new board members.

Frank Churchill Jr. took the first seat with 72 votes. Apryl Hutchinson and Christie Jamieson took the second and third seats with 55 and 54 votes respectively. Ernie Christian took the fourth seat with 45 votes.

Both Christian and and Churchill served previously. This is the first time Jamieson and Hutchinson are sitting on the board.

They will begin their two-year terms immediately once they are sworn in February 18th.

Of the 551 registered members of WCA, 107 cast ballots in yesterday’s elections. That’s an increase of nearly 40 voters from last year. Churchill said she’s happy they braved the chilly weather to come out and participate.

There were seven candidates on the ballot and four write-ins.

Caroline Demmert, Christine Jenkins, Donna Kuntz and Sandy Churchill made up the election committee. Leanne Briner volunteered to call the votes.

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