A Starr, and lots of propositions

Election night throws a few surprises


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It’s too early to know for sure but late Tuesday night (before the Star went to press), unofficial Anchorage Municipal election results saw Bill Starr leading Sharon Gibbons for Anchorage Assembly District 2 Seat 3.

Starr, running for re-election, centered his platform around budget problems and fixes while Gibbons, a first-time Assembly candidate, geared her campaign around accessibility and constituent concerns.

Over on the Anchorage School Board races, Dean Williams was in second-place behind incumbent Pat Higgins for Seat C; Higgins had secured over 50 percent of the votes and a wide percent-point margin.

There is currently no one from the Chugiak-Eagle River area representing the Anchorage School Board.

Things were a bit more heated around Seat D, where Kameron Perez-Verdia faced off against Don Smith, whose negative comments against foreign students on a recent public radio station interview stirred up quite a bit of controversy.

Perez-Verdia was leading by about 5,000 votes.

As far as propositions, it looks as if most of the nine ballots will pass. The only iffy one at this point is Proposition 3 Capital Improvements, which grants money to repair structural elements at Loussac Library plus move Mulcahy stadium and fund City Hall security.

One big election night surprise was Pete Petersen’s lead over incumbent Adam Trombley for the East Anchorage Assembly seat.

At last count, Petersen led by about 3,000 votes.

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