Seaton, Geissel Win Reelection


     The Kenai Peninsula had only two contested legislative races in Tuesday’s general election – the race for Senate District N on the northern peninsula and the race for House District 30 on the southern peninsula.

     As of 11 p.m. Tuesday night, 15 of 19 precincts had reported in Senate District N and it appeared that incumbent Senator Cathy Geissel had won reelection, defeating challenger Ron Devon. Geissel has 57 percent of the vote to Devon's 42 percent. 

     In House District 30, with all 11 precincts reporting in, incumbent Representative Paul Seaton has defeated challenger, Liz Diament. Seaton collected 71 percent of the vote to Diament's 28 percent.

     Many Alaska legislative seats were essentially clinched before Tuesday’s election, including Senate District O, where Peter Micciche of Soldotna was running unopposed. Micciche upset incumbent Senator Tom Wagoner of Kenai in the Republican primary. On the House side, Republicans Mike Chenault of Nikiski and Kurt Olson of Kenai were also running unopposed.