The Matanuska-Susitna Borough voters have their local elections Nov. 7 — the second Tuesday of November.
On statewide General Election years, that makes it easier for people to cast local, as well as state and federal ballots on the same day. The cities of Houston, Palmer, and Wasilla hold elections on the first Tuesday in October.
On the Nov. 7 MatSu ballot, the big question is whether the teachers’ union candidates will take seats away from budget-conscious conservatives that are incumbents on the MatSu School Board.
Conservatives Ole Larson and Kathy McCollum are the targets for the Alaska Democrats as well as the AFL-CIO-affiliated unions that want to flip the school board. The Democrats have poured tens of thousands of dollars into this effort to flip the most conservative part of the state. They have tried to position their candidates as conservative in order to appeal to voters of this red part of the state.
The following offices are on the ballot:
- Assembly District 4 – three-year term ending November 2026, incumbent Rob Yundt is unchallenged.
- Assembly District 5 – three-year term ending November 2026, incumbent Mokie Tew is challenged by Bill Gamble.
- Assembly District 6 – one-year term ending November 2024, incumbent Dmitri Fonov is challenged by Jackson Abney, Kerby Coman, and Stafford Glashan.
- School Board District 3 – three-year term ending November 2026, incumbent Kathy McCollum is challenged by Sydney Zuyus.
- School Board District 6 – three year term ending November 2026, incumbent Ole Larson is challenged by Dianne Shibe.
Precincts and polling places for the Matanuska-Susitna Borough are on the borough’s Polling Places & Precincts Page.
If you don’t know your assigned polling place, you may find it online by using the Alaska State Division of Elections Online Polling Place Locator, or contact the Alaska State Division of Elections at 1-888-383-8683 (toll free), or the Borough Clerk’s Office at 907-861-8683.
Polls close at 8 pm. Weather in the MatSu could pose a challenge for late voters, as a winter storm watch is in effect for later Wednesday, with blowing snow, mixed precipitation, and heavy snow.
More voter information can be found at the borough’s election website, with unofficial results likely to be posted by 10 pm.