Kenai Peninsula election results


Mayor Peter Micchiche easily won reelection in the Kenai Peninsula Borough. He had won in a special election earlier this year to finish the term of former Mayor Charlie Pierce. No one challenged Micciche, who was formerly a state senator, serving on behalf of the Kenai Peninsula, and before that had served as the mayor of Soldotna.

Other unofficial results:

Assembly District 2 – Kenai – Ryan Tunseth won, as he was unopposed.

Assembly District 3 – Nikiski – It’s a close one, with Peter Ribbens edging out Adam Bertoldo, 367-362.

Assembly District 5 – Sterling – Incumbent Bill Elam easily won, 336, to Nissa Savage, 85.

Assembly District 8 – Homer – Incumbent Kelly Cooper won, 398, over Heath Smith, 290.

Board of Education District 3, Nikiski – Jason Tauriainen won, 418, to Lyndsey Bertoldo, 317.

Board of Education, District 4, Soldotna – Penny Vadla was unopposed.

Board of Education, District 5, Sterling – Kelley Cizek won, with 270, over Beverley Romanin, 130.

Board of Education, District 7, Central – Dianne MacCrae is in the lead with 223, to Debbie Cary, 209

Homer City Council – Incumbents Rachel Lord and Caroline Venuti appear to have won handily.

Kenai City Council – Incumbents Henry H. Knackstedt has a strong lead with 318, and Teea Winger appears to have also been retained with a slight lead of 262 over third-place Phillip Daniel, 256.

Seward City Council – Robert Barnwell has the lead with 225, and Julie Crites also appears to have won with 223.

Seward voted no to selling the city’s utility, 170 to 143. This is the third time voters have rejected the question.


  1. The public is allowed to observe the canvassing and counting of the ballots at the KPB building when it resumes on Monday morning at 9am. Just show up. Results are supposed to be certified on Tuesday, but there are still a lot of absentee, special needs, and questioned ballots left to be counted. I’m pretty sure with the close races we have on the Kenai Peninsula, there will be calls for a hand recount. Will there be time for that before certification at the Tuesday borough assembly meeting? This is why we need to require absentee ballots to arrive by election day, instead of postmarked by election day, AND/OR, canvass and count in a larger room with more workers to get the job done faster. Still a lot of work left to do on improving election code and practices.

  2. Peter Micchiche ran for the Alaska Legislature with a promise to support a statutory PFD. As soon as he was elected, he went back on his campaign promises. He a lying politician, pure and simple..

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