Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Anchorage 2010 Municipal Election Results: Anchorage Assembly Turns Toward The Center, Genuine Conservative Elected To The Anchorage School Board

It appears we will have a more centrist Assembly for the next year. One of the hard-line lefties, Sheila Selkregg, voluntarily stood down, and the other, Matt Claman, has been soundly repudiated. The Anchorage Daily Planet reveals that turnout was an abysmally low 16.71 percent. First batch of media stories published by the Anchorage Daily News, KTUU Channel 2, and KTVA Channel 11.

But voters in Midtown and East Anchorage were not prepared to go all the way to the right. Instead, East Anchorage selected independent candidate Paul Honeman by a noticeable margin over Adam Trombley. This was not really a surprise, although I thought Trombley actually had a chance to take the seat by a narrow margin. Despite the liberals lining up to support Honeman (Selkregg characterized Trombley as an "extremist"), Honeman is likely to end up being a genuine independent. As an ex-cop, he'll be strong on public safety.

In Midtown, Andy Clary actually put up a tougher fight than I expected, but the old war horse Dick Traini reached down and pulled it out at the end. Traini's vast experience and the connection of the Clary name with the Anchorage Baptist Temple were just too much for Clary to overcome. ABT has been vilified by progressives for taking openly pro-family political stances. While this one is still close, absentee and questioned ballots are unlikely to reverse the result.

In West Anchorage, Matt Claman's uninspiring phlegmatism and chronic ineptitude caught up with him big time as centrist Ernie Hall, who has a political resume longer than the Exxon Valdez, mopped the district with him. I expected Claman to lose, but not by that much. It's obvious that the only real fluke here was Claman's razor-thin victory over Sherry Jackson in 2007; it validates my contention that had Jim Bailey not been in that race, Claman would have lost.

As expected, Debbie Ossiander and Jennifer Johnston cruised to victories in Eagle River and South Anchorage, respectively.

We got a split in the School Board races. In Seat A, conservative Don Smith cruised to a surprisingly easy victory. Both Tommy O'Malley and James Labelle received AEA co-endorsements; the split in support basically handed the seat to Smith. Nevertheless, I thought Labelle would have done better; he was a credible candidate who was making his third try for a School Board seat. I had never heard of O'Malley before, but I guess a lot of people outside of Girdwood had heard of him.

Seat B is a disappointment. Once again, Anchorage voters proved vulnerable to the pretty face and the Colgate smile as they selected Jeannie Mackie over the more meticulously-prepared Robert Griffin. I thought Griffin would take this race - and NOT by a narrow margin.

Three of the four revenue propositions all passed, as Anchorage voters proved somewhat generous despite the recession. Voters bought us a batch of necessary road maintenance and repairs, two fire engines, and one ambulance. Voters rejected Proposition 4, which would have bought some improvements for the People Mover public transportation system. Too many people see too many 90 percent-empty buses, plus People Mover still deploys too many of these humongous buses which are far bigger than necessary to carry the requisite number of riders. People Mover needs to better focus on limiting the service to where the need is more demonstrably critical.

Now here are the numbers. All precincts have now reported, but the results must formally be certified. Primary source turned out to be the Anchorage Daily News; the results never came up on the Muni's website.

(1). Assembly

Seat A
20 of 20 precincts reporting
Debbie Ossiander: 3,126 votes, 68.66 percent
Josh Roberts: 823 votes, 18.08 percent
Joelle Brown: 568 votes, 12.48 percent
Votes Write-in: 36 votes, 0.79 percent

Seat D
25 of 25 precincts reporting
Ernie Hall: 4,012 votes, 58.36 percent
Matt Claman: 2,558 votes, 37.21 percent
Bill Sigler: 278 votes, 4.04 percent
Votes Write-in: 26 votes, 0.38 percent

Seat F
29 of 29 precincts reporting (updated to include April 16th recount)
Dick Traini: 3,104 votes, 47.78 percent
Andy Clary: 2,930 votes, 45.10 percent
Joshua A. Whittaker: 415 votes, 6.39 percent
Votes Write-in: 48 votes, 0.74 percent

Seat H
24 of 24 precincts reporting
Paul Honeman: 3,177 votes, 51.83 percent
Adam Trombley: 2,704 votes, 44.11 percent
Thomas Purcell: 240 votes, 3.92 percent
Votes Write-in: 9 votes, 0.15 percent

Seat J
24 of 24 precincts reporting
Jennifer Johnston: 4,875 votes, 63.95 percent
Keli Booher: 2,665 votes, 34.96 percent
Votes Write-in: 83 votes, 1.09 percent

(2). School Board

Seat A
119 of 119 precincts reporting
Don Smith: 11,942 votes, 40.48 percent
Tommy O'Malley: 7,891 votes, 26.75 percent
James Labelle: 7,085 votes, 24.02 percent
David Nees: 2,285 votes, 7.75 percent
Votes Write-in: 296 votes, 1.00 percent

Seat B
119 of 119 precincts reporting
Jeannie Mackie: 15,764 votes, 53.66 percent
Bob Griffin: 11,133 votes, 37.90 percent
Ted Wilson: 2,185 votes, 7.44 percent
Votes Write-in: 296 votes, 1.01 percent

(3). Propositions

Proposition 1: Road bonds
119 of 119 precincts reporting
YES: 16,931 votes, 51.03 percent
NO: 16,246 votes, 48.97 percent

Proposition 2: Public safety improvements
119 of 119 precincts reporting
YES: 16,966 votes, 51.06 percent
NO: 16,261 votes, 48.94 percent

Proposition 3: Fire service
119 of 119 precincts reporting
YES: 18,277 votes, 55.05 percent
NO: 14,925 votes, 44.95 percent

Proposition 4: Public transportation
119 of 119 precincts reporting
NO: 17,229 votes, 52.13 percent
YES: 15,824 votes, 47.87 percent

Proposition 5: Land exchange
119 of 119 precincts reporting
YES: 20,590 votes, 62.95 percent
NO: 12,118 votes, 37.05 percent


  1. Maybe if people would stop paying to build and rebuild parking lots they call roads they would start seeing the value of buses. If these same people would look at the buses as they are stuck in traffic they would see them a plus 90% full.

  2. Pro-Family stances?

  3. Yes, ABT has been at the forefront of pro-family activism. For years, Pastor Jerry Prevo has opposed the promotion and statutory protection of the homosexual lifestyle, most recently Ordinance 64. He's also opposed elective abortion, and supports the current parental notification initiative.

    That's pro-family activism.

  4. As if those of us who believe in equality for LGBT people are not "pro-family?" And please explain to me what a "homosexual lifestyle" is? Your bias is showing. Oh, wait, this is a blog, not a newspaper.

  5. Tiffany - I am indeed biased against the practice of homosexuality; I have never pretended otherwise. But the objectionable part of the homosexual lifestyle is expressing public pride - the gay pride parades, the Folsom Street Fair, that sort of thing.

    And how did you conclude that you're "anti-family"? I have never said that gays or their advocates are "anti-family". When I use the term "pro-family", I mean in favor of the traditional family unit which, when operated properly, offers the greatest stability.

  6. Yes, I was dismayed that Griffin got so few votes. He had done so much (and such good) research. He would have been an excellent board member.