Three seats were on the ballot for the Haines Borough Assembly on Oct. 4. There were two three-year terms and one one-year seat.
In unofficial results, Gabe Thomas has been reelected to the borough Assembly. Also winning a three-year seat was Ben Aultman-Moore, who is a member of the Lynn Canal Conservation. Winning a one-year seat was Jerry Lapp.
The results keep a business-friendly mindset on the Assembly, not swinging it too far to the left or right.
- Gabe Thomas – 547
- Ben Aultman-Moore – 495
- Jerry Lapp – 482
Margarette Jones – 464
Bill Jurewitz – 462
Eric Holle – 439
For school board, the race is a bit closer, but initially it appears Keely Baumgartner will be seated. She is a Haines High School graduate and first ran for school board as a write-in in 2021.
- Keely Baumgartner – 709
- Michelle (Shelly) Sloper, incumbent – 693
In Skagway, Orion Hanson was reelected to the Skagway Borough Assembly and former Assemblyman Dan Henry was elected to a seat. Hanson is a builder and Henry owns Skagway Fish Company, a restaurant. Luke Rauscher, head mechanic at Alaska Excursions, was elected to the school board; he was unopposed.
Bond Proposition One passed, 278 to 200, authorizing borrowing up to $65 million to replace the ore dock through the Ore Peninsula Redevelopment Base Project.
Correction: An earlier version of this story showed a turnout rate for Skagway of 83%. That was due to the way the votes were shown on the official tally, which was misleading; the actual turnout is over 40%.