After a recount in Juneau on Monday, Republican Rep. Bill Thomas of Haines lost his state House seat to Sitka Democrat Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins. Only 32 votes out of more than 8,000 separate the two candidates.
The close race for House District 34, in Southeast, will go to a recount. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins, D-Sitka, holds a slight edge on state Rep. Bill Thomas, R-Haines.
Rep. Bill Thomas says he’s 99.9 percent sure he will request a recount in the House District 34 race.
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.