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Kenai Mayor Gabriel reelected to third term, Homer Mayor Kastner reelected, Sue McClure is new mayor of Seward

Kenai City Mayor Brian Gabriel has been reelected to another term. He was first elected mayor in 2016, and served on the Kenai City Council from 2010 to 2016. He has been a member of the Alaska Bycatch Review Task Force since being appointed by Gov. Mike Dunleavy early this year.

  • Brian Gabriel – 645
  • Teea Winger – 295

Kenai City Council Seat B

  • Alex Douthit – 558
  • Victoria Askin – 454
  • Glenese Pettey, incumbent – 394
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Assembly District 3 – Nikiski

  • Jesse Bjorkman, incumbent – 409
  • Dil Uhlin – 200
  • Chase Griffith – 78

Assembly District 4 – Soldotna

  • Tyson Cox, incumbent – 592
  • Donald Boston – 369

Assembly District 7 – Central

  • Brent Johnson, incumbent, unopposed – 577


  • Homer Mayor Ken Castner, unopposed, won reelection with 720 votes.

Kastner was first elected in 2018 and served on the city council before that. He has lived in Homer since 1973.

Homer City Council

  • Jason Davis and Storm Hansen have won reelection to the Homer City Council, with 498 and 473 votes respectively.


  • Sue McClure has been elected mayor of Seward, having run unopposed.

McClure has served on the city council and as vice mayor. Her term on the city council ends next October and will need to be filled by special election. Current Mayor Christy Terry’s term ends this month, and she did not run for reelection due to relocating to Anchorage, where she was named director of external affairs for the Alaska Railroad.

  • Randy Wells and Kevin Finch were both elected to the Seward City Council, unopposed.


Soldotna City Council Seat D

  • Dave Carey, incumbent – 460
  • Erick Hugarte – 166

Soldotna City Council Seat E

  • Lisa Parker, incumbent – 397
  • Garrett Dominick – 196
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Suzanne Downing
Suzanne Downing
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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