Wythe Wins Race for Homer Mayor

Haggerty Wins Reelection; Council Race Too Close to Call
Aaron Selbig


     Tuesday’s Kenai Peninsula Borough and municipal election is in the books and while some races have clear winners, others could be decided by absentee ballots that have yet to be counted.

     In the race for Borough Assembly Seat 9 on the southern peninsula, incumbent Mako Haggerty appears to have a decisive lead over his challenger, Anchor Point businessman Jesse Clutts. Haggerty leads Clutts, 62% to 38%.

     Incumbent Assembly member Hal Smalley also appears to be holding on to Seat 2, leading challenger Chris Hutchison, 66% to 34%. Assembly Seat 1 is one race that might be too close to call until absentee ballots are counted. Kelly Wolf leads Michael Winegarden in that race, 51% to 48%.

     On the southern peninsula, the School Board race between Liz Downing and Mike Illg is also too close to call. Downing leads, 51% to 49%.

     In municipal elections, three uncontested candidates have all been elected to the Soldotna City Council. They are John Czarneski, Dale Bagley and Nancy Eoff. In a three-way race for two seats on the Kenai City Council, Bob Molloy and Ryan Marquis have beat out James Rowell.

     The Homer City Council also has two seats up for grabs between three candidates. In that race, incumbent Francie Roberts appears to have held on to her seat but the race between incumbent Beau Burgess and challenger James Dolma is too close to call, with Burgess leading by just two percentage points. Homer City Clerk Jo Johnson says there are 131 absentee, questioned or special needs ballots to count. That count will take place Friday.