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Mat-Su Borough results: One seat is too close to call

CONSERVATIVES DID WELL IN LOCAL ELECTION

About 50 people gathered at the Americans for Prosperity Alaska offices in Wasilla for an election night party on Tuesday to watch the results as they came in for the local election — the first time it has been held on the first Tuesday of November in the Mat-Su.

More than 4,248 voters turned out on the “off year” election, and the hotly contested Assembly District 1 seat is still too close to call, since absentee ballots have not been counted — and there are likely to be a lot of those.

[View the election results at this link]

The results tonight, without those absentee ballots give Tim Hale, who has strong Democrat support, a slight edge with two votes, close enough for a recount.

Moderate Stephanie Nowers won decisively in Assembly District 2, against incumbent Lamarr Anderson.

The School Board went conservative with Jim Hart, Ryan Ponder and Jeff Taylor winning seats.

“It was a well-run race and am pleased to win but it’s time to get to work. we have extremely low test scores, we’ve got the work of hiring a new superintendent, and that superintendent is going to be told to dig to the bottom of the problem of the low test scores, we’re going to be looking for answers,” said Hart.

Assembly District 1

  • ENDLE, Brian – 983
  • HALE, Tim – 981
  • BUSH, J. Bruce – 111
  • MILLER, Ryan A. – 21

Assembly District 2

  • NOWERS, Stephanie – 610
  • ANDERSON, LaMarr L. – 511
  • MAXSON, Elizabeth A. “Liz” – 72
  • DONEY, Faunus M. – 33

School Board District 2

  • HART, James E. “Jim” – 600
  • MICHAELSON, Ray – 574

School Board District 5

  • PONDER, D. Ryan -296
  • HARTLEY, Alma N. – 183

School Board District 7

  • TAYLOR, V. Jeff – unopposed – 359
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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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