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Juneau: New mayor, assembly members

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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.

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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  • I have known Beth since high school – solid person. Good for Juneau. Wish her well.

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