The totals changed slightly after the state review board’s process, but only very slightly. Sitka Democrat Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins picked up two votes.
Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins appears to have won a seat in the Alaska House of Representatives. His opponent, state Rep. Bill Thomas, wouldn't say whether he'll request a recount.
After absentee ballot counting today (Monday 11-19-12), Democratic challenger Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins has pulled ahead by 28 votes in the race to represent House District 34 in the Alaska Legislature. Kreiss-Tomkins, from Sitka, was in a dead heat with Haines Republican incumbent Bill Thomas over the weekend, after two questioned ballots from Port Alexander were counted on Friday, and evened-up the race.
At least one legislator can relate to whatever emotions the two candidates for House District 34 must be feeling right now.
KHNS in Haines reports the race between Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins, D-Sitka, and Rep. Bill Thomas, R-Haines, is now tied, after the counting today of two question ballots from Port Alexander.
Dale Williams and Wade Martin have resigned from the Sitka Tribe of Alaska's council. Both had a year left in their terms. Williams was the losing candidate for chairman.
Election officials say Haines Republican Rep. Bill Thomas now holds a two-vote lead over Sitka Democrat Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins.
Stedman says Anchorage and the Mat-Su Valley will have legislative power for foreseeable future. He says that could mean continuing efforts to move the Capitol north. But the biggest effect, Stedman says, is that Southeast and rural leaders will need to work harder to be heard.
State Sen. Bert Stedman will chair the Senate Health and Social Services committee when the Legislature convenes in January. The news takes away some uncertainty about what he will be doing next session, but concern remains about what he won’t be doing: serving as co-chair of Senate Finance.
Haines Republican Representative Bill Thomas says he’ll still have a seat on the House Finance Committee if he picks up enough votes to win the election.