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Recount Friday in Kenai House race

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The 12 votes that separate Ben Carpenter from Wayne Ogle in the House District 29 race have prompted a recount.

The Division of Elections will recount the district’s votes on Friday, although the election was certified on Tuesday.

District 29 covers parts of Kenai and Soldotna, Nikiski, and communities as far away as Seward.

A petition asking for a recount was submitted to the Division on Tuesday by a group of Ogle supporters on the peninsula who were mystified that Carpenter, a newcomer to politics, could have won against a sitting assemblyman with good name recognition, who has served the borough since 2013.

As certified by the Division of Elections, Ogle won 1,360 votes and Carpenter won 1,372.

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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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