Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Anchorage 2009 Municipal Election Results: Dan Sullivan And Eric Croft Go To A May 5th Runoff, Five Of Eight Revenue Bonds Fail, Tax Cap Prop Passes

Update May 5th: Dan Sullivan wins runoff election, updated post HERE.

The results of the Anchorage 2009 Municipal Election are now in. All 119 precincts have reported the votes actually cast on April 7th, 2009. Remaining to be counted during the next few days are an estimated 3,000 early votes, absentees, and questioned ballots.

Official results of the mayoral and school board races are published by the Municipality of Anchorage HERE, and the ballot propositions HERE. The primary alternative source is the Anchorage Daily News. Information on both sources now identical. This was not the case last night, when the Municipality of Anchorage website crashed as the counting began. Results were given to media sources manually, which led to confusion about the proposition votes. The MOA website was restored to service just before midnight.

Anchorage Daily News feature story on the mayoral race HERE, and a school board story HERE. KTUU aired feature stories on the mayoral race and the bonds.

Mayor: A total of 45 percent or greater was needed to win outright. Because Dan Sullivan fell short, he will be in a May 5th runoff against Eric Croft.

-- Dan Sullivan: 21,362 votes, 43.06 percent
-- Eric Croft: 9,639 votes, 19.43 percent
-- Sheila Selkregg: 8,204 votes, 16.54 percent
-- Walt Monegan: 4,380 votes, 8.83 percent
-- Matt Claman: 2,859 votes, 5.76 percent
-- Paul Honeman: 2,306 votes, 4.65 percent
-- Paul D. Kendall: 121 votes, 0.24 percent
-- Dominic S.F. Lee: 120 votes, 0.24 percent
-- Billy Ray Powers: 113 votes, 0.23 percent
-- Phil Isley: 101 votes, 0.20 percent
-- Bob Lupo: 74 votes, 0.15 percent
-- Jacob Seth Kern: 67 votes, 0.14 percent
-- Larry Shooshanian: 44 votes, 0.09 percent
-- Richard Wanda: 41 votes, 0.08 percent
-- Merica Hlatcu: 40 votes, 0.08 percent

Observations: During KTUU's coverage, Dan Sullivan reached out to the entire community and said he was soliciting support from all the defeated candidates. He included the nine "secondary" candidates, and specifically lauded Billy Ray Powers for his attempts to address multiple issues (most of the secondary candidates tended to be single-issue candidates). In contrast, Eric Croft chose to immediately jump back into campaign mode and took a hard shot at Sullivan over his proposed sales tax. Some defeated candidates announced their endorsement plans: Matt Claman will endorse Eric Croft, Paul Honeman will wait a couple of days before endorsing either Sullivan or Croft, and Walt Monegan does not plan to publicly endorse either one.

School Board Seat B: Jeannie Mackie the tentative leader over Mia Costello, but with 3,000 early, absentee, and questioned ballots yet to be counted, no winner can be formally declared.

-- Jeannie Mackie: 13,326 votes, 33.63 percent
-- Mia Costello: 13,046 votes, 32.92 percent
-- Steve Pratt: 2,400 votes, 6.06 percent
-- Jennifer Lucas: 1,937 votes, 4.89 percent
-- Dan Garcia: 1,678 votes, 4.23 percent
-- David Boyle: 1,398 votes, 3.53 percent
-- Richard B. Foster: 1,100 votes, 2.78 percent
-- Michele Quier: 950 votes, 2.40 percent
-- Starr Marsett: 804 votes, 2.03 percent
-- Marc Grober: 693 votes, 1.75 percent
-- William P.H. Nye: 679 votes, 1.71 percent
-- Stephen P. Johnston: 564 votes, 1.42 percent
-- Nels C. Johnson: 510 votes, 1.29 percent

Observations: Apparently voters chose to overlook Jeannie Mackie's somewhat lackluster public appearances and her campaign staff's questionable deployment of campaign signs and vote for her. My contention wasn't so much that Mackie lacks the qualifications to serve, but that she hadn't sufficiently manifested them to my satisfaction. But Mia Costello is still technically in the chase, and I consider her qualifications superior. Marc Grober's vote total is surprisingly disappointing, considering he was one the first out of the box with a detailed website and was an aggressive and thoughtful campaigner.

School Board Seat E: No real surprise here. This was Plunkett's second try for a school board seat, and she did well last time out. Her voluminous record of community service put her over the top.

-- Kathleen Plunkett: 10,606 votes, 28.44 percent
-- James Labelle: 6,524 votes, 17.49 percent
-- Don Smith: 6,465 votes, 17.34 percent
-- Jody Smith: 6,303 votes, 16.90 percent
-- Marilyn Stewart: 2,693 votes, 7.22 percent
-- Michael C. Lindbeck: 2,213 votes, 5.93 percent
-- Bobby Jo Kramer: 1,895 votes, 5.08 percent

School Board Seat F: No real surprise here, either. Bundick did well, despite the fact that she "accidentally" chose Seat F when she first filed, intending to choose a different seat.

-- Jeff Friedman: 23,616 votes, 65.84 percent
-- Dawn F. Bundick: 11,612 votes, 32.37 percent

School Board Seat G:
-- Crystal Kennedy: 31,053 votes, 96.35 percent

Propositions: Because of the 3,000 votes yet to be counted, Prop 6 cannot be said to have passed yet.

-- Prop 1 FAILED: Schools (Service HS): NO 55.42 percent, Yes 44.58 percent
-- Prop 2 FAILED: Schools misc: NO 54.54 percent, Yes 45.46 percent
-- Prop 3 PASSED: Roads: YES 55.79 percent, No 44.21 percent
-- Prop 4 FAILED: Parks & recreation: NO 53.29 percent, Yes 46.71 percent
-- Prop 5 FAILED: Library: NO 58.55 percent, Yes 41.45 percent
-- Prop 6 LEADING: Public Transit: YES 50.06 percent, No 49.94 percent
-- Prop 7 PASSED: Fire safety: YES 53.93 percent, No 46.07 percent
-- Prop 8 FAILED: Police: NO 54.17 percent, Yes 45.83 percent
-- Prop 9 PASSED: Tax cap initiative: YES 60.88 percent, No 39.12 percent

Observations: Carol Comeau expressed disappointment at the outcome of the school bonds. She remained professional, although one could see she was visibly struggling with the impulse to go off on the voters. She believes that Prop 9 may have greased the skids for the school bonds. A bigger surprise is the failure of Prop 8; police bonds usually pass, and APD is still highly-regarded in Anchorage.

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