A MODERATE MAYOR FOR THE CAPITAL CITY
Beth Weldon has become the new mayor-elect of Juneau. She will replace Ken Koelsch, who became mayor during a special election held in March of 2016.
The turnout in Juneau was over 26 percent, which is good for local elections. Of the 27,067 registered voters, some 7,070 had voted, although more absentee ballots will be added later, and will boost the turnout.
The following numbers are subject to change, but the winners are likely to hold their leads:
It’s Mayor Beth Weldon, who won with 3,431 votes.
In second place was Saralyn Tabachnick, with 2,745 votes. Norton Gregory took 687 votes, and Cody Shoemaker received 138.
Weldon was an Assembly member, but she filed for office after Koelsch decided that he was done. She was elected to the Assembly in 2016.
Gregory was also on the Assembly in the areawide seat, but had to resign to run for mayor. Both Weldon’s and Gregory’s seats opened up:
Juneau Assembly Areawide
Carole Triem – 3,842
Tom Williams – 2,500
Assembly District 1
Loren Jones – 4,912
Assembly District 2 – Two open seats
Michelle Bonnet Hale – 3381
Wade Bryson – 2,274
Garrett Schoenberger – 2,152
Emil Mackey – 1749
Don Habeger – 1,693
School board – Three open seats
Elizabeth Siddon – 4,905
Paul Kelly – 4,067
Kevin Allen – 3,581
Bryce Ward is ahead for Borough Mayor by a comfortable margin on Election night.
MatSu Borough Mayor Vern Halter has the lead for re-election on Election night.