The results of last week’s municipal election are official.
Results were certified Tuesday by the Canvass Review Board, who were armed with red pens, adding machines, calculators, scrap paper and snacks. They reviewed ballot receipts and precinct data to make sure the election’s unofficial results had been accurately tabulated, and there were no outcome changes from the unofficial results shared Friday night.
“There were very minor adjustments, nothing to change the outcomes,” said City Clerk Beth McEwen.
Greg Smith, Alicia Hughes-Skandijs, Wade Bryson and Carole Triem are City and Borough of Juneau Assembly member-elects. Smith won his district’s three-year seat and Hughes-Skandijs will fill the one-year seat. Deedie Sorensen and Emil Mackey were elected to the Juneau School Board.
Juneau voters OK’d a 2-percent hotel-motel tax increase and the issuance of up to $7 million in bonds for work on Centennial Hall via voting “yes” for Propositions 1 and 2. Proposition 3, which would have approved $4.5 million grant to the proposed New Juneau Arts & Culture Center, did not pass.
The newly and officially elected Assembly and school board members will take their oaths of office soon.
Jessica Richmond, administrative assistant for the superintendent, told the Empire both Sorensen and Mackey were expected to be sworn in Tuesday evening at the regular school board meeting.
McEwen said Smith will be sworn in earlier than his fellow Assembly-member elects over the phone Thursday morning. The telephonic oath of office is because of travel plans, McEwen said.
The Assembly will otherwise reorganize during its 7 p.m. Oct. 14 meeting.
During that meeting, a deputy mayor will be chosen, outgoing Assembly member Mary Becker will be recognized for her years of service and Assembly members will choose their seats in the chambers.
McEwen said the vote-count certification process is fairly uniform, but there will be a sizable difference next year with new
“This is likely the last time we will be using AccuVote equipment since the state is buying new equipment and we borrow from them,” McEwen said.
She said the current ballot-counting equipment has been in use for about 20 years.
“Technology has changed so much in 20 years,” McEwen said.
By the numbers
Areawide Assembly Seat: Carole Triem: 5,916, write-in: 302.
Assembly District 1: Greg Smith: 5,456, Alicia Hughes-Skandijs: 5,032, write-in: 336.
Assembly District 2: Wade Bryson 5,605, write-in: 428.
School Board: Deedie Sorenson: 3,991, Emil Mackey: 3,005, Martin Stepetin Sr.:2,735, Bonnie Jensen: 2,052.
Proposition 1: Yes: 4,872, No: 3,572
Proposition 2: Yes: 4,281, No: 4,167
Proposition 3: Yes: 3,551 , No: 4,938.
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