Unofficial results are in for most communities around the region following Tuesday’s (10-6-20) municipal elections. Official results won’t be ready until early next week, but as of right now, numbers are in for Angoon, Kake, Port Alexander, Tenakee Springs and Pelican.
In Angoon, 189 ballots were cast, including 40 absentee and question ballots and one spoiled ballot. Incumbent Mayor Joshua Bowen received 70 votes, or a little over half of the votes counted for the mayor’s seat, also known as seat “C” on the city council. In the race for seat “D” on the city council, newcomer Harriet Silva received 84 votes, while incumbent Gail Tharpe-Lucero won 28 votes. Pauline Jim also received 28 votes.
Also on the ballot in Angoon was a tax that would charge 10 dollars per fish box on all commercially caught fish. It was passing with around 70 percent of the votes at the time of the unofficial count.
Port Alexander’s seven city council seats were up for re-election with an all write-in ballot. A total of 34 ballots were cast, including 18 absentee ballots. The top seven candidates are Laura Pollard with 25 votes; Ryan Martin with 23 votes; Thomas Corso with 20 votes; Sarah Patrick, Debra Rose Gifford and Cory Gifford, all with 15 votes; and Kevin Mulligan with 14 votes. Write-in votes were cast for 29 candidates.
And in Tenakee Springs, four city council seats were up for re-election. Incumbent Mayor Dan Kennedy received 27 votes, Rudy Ziel and Linnea Lospenoso-Chatel both received 26 votes, and Nikita Chase received 11 votes. Eight more names came in as write-ins. In total, 62 ballots were cast with 30 absentee ballots and four spoiled ballots.
In Kake, 168 ballots were cast on Tuesday. In a race for two open city council seats, candidate Paul Rostad is in the lead with 94 votes, and Henrich Kadake Sr is also leading with 83 votes. Adam Davis received 50 votes, Nathalie Austin received 30, Burt Lee Jackson received 17, and write-in candidate Shawaan Jackson-Gamble received 38. In the race for one open seat on Kake’s school board, Adam Davis earned 96 votes, while Paulette Jackson earned 61.
Finally, in Pelican, Derek Stewart and Celeste Weller were leading for two open seats on the city council. They received 26 and 24 votes respectively. James Slater led the race for seat two on the school board with 24 votes. Jessica Adams led the race for seat three on the school board with 24 votes. In total, 36 ballots were cast with one question ballot. Absentee ballots will be counted Friday.
All results are unofficial, and updated results will air early next week.
Editor’s Note: This post was updated at 9:53 a.m. on Oct. 7 to include results from Pelican’s municipal election.