Sitka’s 2020 Municipal Election will be remembered as extraordinary for several reasons: Many candidates (13 in all) with highly divergent ideologies and views, a record turnout for a municipal election with no ballot propositions, and a pandemic.
From 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Municipal Clerk Sara Peterson and her team counted just under 1700 early ballots and the results listed below have been updated with the early vote counts. The gaps in some races that were close on Tuesday have widened, establishing clear victors for mayor, assembly, and school board. 41 question ballots and 28 remaining absentee ballots will be counted on Friday. The results are still unofficial until they are certified.
|Sitka 2020 Municipal Election||Preliminary Returns|
|Mayor (elect one)||Sitka No. 1||Sitka No. 2||October 7 (Early Votes)||Total|
|Gary Paxton, incumbent||420||353||625||1398|
|Assembly (elect two)|
|Frederick Olsen Jr.||55||43||133||231|
|School Board (elect two)|
|Andrew Hames, incumbent||636||611||1382||2629|
|Blossom Twitchell, incumbent||352||354||943||1649|