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By Dan Rudy 

David Jack retains mayoral seat after Tuesday vote

 


The unofficial results of Tuesday's local elections in Wrangell saw 312 ballots cast, considerably fewer than at last year's election. Of eight open positions there had been only two contested seats, one two-year term for mayor and a three-year term on the school board. Additionally, there were no measures or items on this year's ballot.

For the mayoral position, incumbent candidate David Jack regained his seat with 242 votes. The other candidate, Kipha Valvoda, collected 59.

For the school board, incumbent Susan Eagle collected 207 votes; candidate Aleisha Mollen received 100.

Running unopposed for a one-year unexpired seat on

the Wrangell Borough Assembly, incumbent candidate Becky Rooney collected 288 votes.

Running for a pair of three-year seats on the Assembly, incumbent Mark Mitchell and candidate Stephen Prysunka received 235 and 272 votes, respectively. Prysunka will replace Assembly member Maxi Wiederspohn, who chose not to seek re-election.

For a three-year term on the Wrangell Port Commission, candidate Walter Moorhead received 284 votes. When confirmed, he will replace outgoing Commissioner Brennon Eagle.

For the two four-year positions on the Wrangell Medical Center Board, candidate Beth Blake and the incumbent Cori Robinson got 256 and 262 votes, respectively. Blake will replace the outgoing Megan Clark.

The Borough Canvas Board will meet today at 1 p.m. in the Assembly Chambers at City Hall, where 78 absentee ballots and two special needs representative ballots will be counted by hand. The board will also decide whether to count three questioned ballots. As no write-in candidates had been announced, 20 write-in votes cast will not be counted.

A special meeting of the Borough Assembly will be held midday on Oct. 13 in the same chambers, to certify results of this year's election, distribute certificates of service and administer the oaths of office.

Appointments for openings on Borough committees and boards will also be made. As of last week, only three people had so far expressed an interest in serving in any of the open positions.

There are two 3-year seats on the Planning and Zoning commission; two 3-year

seats with Parks and Recreation; two 3-year terms on the Wrangell Convention and Visitors Bureau; two 3-year terms on the Economic Development Committee; and one 3-year term on the Nolan Center’s board.

Persons interested in serving on any of these boards or committees should submit a letter of interest to the Borough

Clerk’s office at City Hall by 5 p.m. on Oct. 6. The office’s mailing address is P.O. Box 531, Wrangell, AK 99929.

 

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