Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Anchorage 2013 Municipal Election Results: Assembly Moves To The Center, School Board Shifts To The Left

The Anchorage 2013 Municipal Election has concluded, and results of all races have been posted on the Municipality of Anchorage's Election Page. Assuming there are no recounts, the election results will be certified on April 16th at the assembly meeting, at which time any newly-elected assembly members will be seated.

Pertinent Media Stories:

-- Anchorage Daily News on the assembly races
-- Anchorage Daily News on the school board races
-- KTUU Channel 2
-- KTVA Channel 11
-- Alaska Public Media

Assembly races: With over 90 percent of the vote counted, the Assembly has shifted more towards the center as Cheryl Frasca has been supplanted by Tim Steele. Nick Moe could still pull out a win over Ernie Hall

-- Eagle River/Chugiak Seat 2-A: As expected, Amy Demboski defeated Pete Mulcahy by a relatively narrow margin, with Bob Lupo finishing a more distant third. While both Demboski and Mulcahy were exceptionally well-qualified, Demboski did have a slight edge from the very beginning.

-- West Anchorage Seat 3-D: This was a see-saw race all night, but it appears Ernie Hall will survive a spirited challenge by write-in candidate Nick Moe. While specific totals for individual write-in candidates are not given unless they win, Moe impressed people on the left and even the center with his poise and preparedness. The insurgency against Rep. Lindsey Holmes, being targeted with a recall for switching parties after being elected, may have given Moe an additional bump; Holmes' House district overlaps part of the assembly district. There may yet be a recount of this race since there are an estimated 2200 early ballots yet to be counted and an unknown number of absentee and question ballots. One must wonder how many of those "early votes" were cast BEFORE Nick Moe declared his write-in candidacy. Afterwards, Ernie Hall said Moe’s success was due to support of unions, especially those representing firefighters.

Update April 16th: Nick Moe finally conceded to Ernie Hall. After absentees and questioned ballots were counted, as well as a hand recount of some ballots, the vote totals stand at 4,298 for Hall to 3,745 for Moe.

-- West Anchorage Seat 3-E: Tim Steele surprisingly drilled Cheryl Frasca by 20 percentage points, with Phil Isley finishing a more distant third. Perhaps Frasca, being a budget wonk, bored too many constituents by throwing out too many numbers. Too bad -- Frasca was just what the Assembly needed.

-- Midtown Seat 4-F: This race aroused enough fashion to cause some bonehead to post a threat to Dick Traini on his Facebook page; although the person wasn't serious, he was arrested and has been charged with a felony. Nevertheless, Traini swamped Andy Clary by 16 percentage points; in 2010, he only nipped Clary by three points. Traini had all the unions behind him. Afterwards, Traini predicted that Nick Moe will win his race and said he expects a major shift in the Assembly.

-- East Anchorage Seat 5-H: Paul Honeman cruised to victory without a challenge, although Lynette Moreno-Hinz mounted a brief write-in campaign. Because of a tragedy in her family, Moreno-Hinz found it necessary to discontinue her campaign about a week before the election.

-- South Anchorage Seat 6-J: Jennifer Johnston turned out to be unopposed, as Jim Cottrell withdrew from the race a few days after filing. However, the write-in vote in this race was slightly over 18 percent, so a lot of people were dissatisfied with her, many of them union members unhappy with her sponsorship of Mayor Dan Sullivan's labor ordinance.

School Board races: With the replacement of retiring centrist Jeannie Mackie by Eric Croft, and the replacement of Don Smith by Bettye Davis, the school board took a distinct turn towards the left.

-- Anchorage School Board Seat A: Bettye Davis brushed aside allegations of anti-white racist bigotry and downed incumbent Don Smith by 9 percentage points. However, Smith may have been victimized by displeasure over the Jim Browder fiasco as well as a flap over the aborted replacement of Gretchen Guess by Thomas Corkran on the board. Furthermore, Smith's previous victory in 2010 wasn't as impressive as it appeared; two liberal opponents split the lefty vote and handed the seat to Smith. This time, Smith only faced one liberal.

-- Anchorage School Board Seat B: Eric Croft swamped David Nees by nearly 33 percentage points, while Stephanie Cornwell-George, who actually threw her support to Croft late in the game, finished third. It can't be said that Cornwell-George cost Nees the election; the two combined for only 39 percent. Croft is well-respected in the community and despite being a Democrat, won't give the school district a blank check. But Nees ran an energetic and informative campaign, and burnished his reputation as an idea man.

Service Area Board races are also included in the output.

Ballot propositions: Anchorage voters decided they had no problem with adding an additional $12.19 per $100,000 of assessed value to their property taxes, approving the four revenue bonds on the ballot.

-- Proposition 1, $54.8 million school bond: Passed with just over 53 percent of the vote. Girdwood made an excellent case for a replacement school.

-- Proposition 2, $2.6 million public safety/transportation bond: Passed with nearly 63 percent of the vote.

-- Proposition 3, $20.5 million road bond: Passed with slight over 61 percent of the vote; road bonds historically do well in Anchorage.

-- Proposition 4, $2.5 million parks & rec bond: Passed with around 56 percent of the vote; parks bonds can be a tough sell.

-- Proposition 5, Campbell Creek land exchange: Passed with nearly 71 percent of the vote; a no-brainer.

-- Proposition 6, Charter amendment to standardize all assembly terms at three years: Passed, but with just under 54 percent of the vote. This was basically a housecleaning amendment designed to make the electoral process a bit more efficient.

-- Proposition 7, Charter amendment to authorize boundary changes to service areas without a majority vote: Shot down in flames with a No vote of over 65 percent. Voters clearly were unhappy about allowing the assembly to annex and/or de-annex parcels of land from the city without a majority vote by affected residents. Sometimes the inefficiency of democracy is necessary to preserve sovereignty.

-- Propositions 8 through 11 are all applicable to designated service areas and the results are available HERE.


  1. RE: Bettye mean YOUR allegations of anti-white bigotry?

  2. Absolutely true......MY allegations. Why do you think I linked back to my own post?

    Progressives pull that same stuff all the time. It's time some of us on the right go into the gutter with the progressives to wage political warfare against them. Joe Miller and Dan Fagan were too nice.