Boxes of envelopes and secrecy sleeves that have had their ballots are removed are stored at the City and Borough of Juneau’s ballot processing center on Tuesday, Oct. 3, the date of this year’s municipal election. Because it was a by-mail election, ballots postmarked by that date are still being tallied, with the official results scheduled to be certified Oct. 17. ( Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire File)

Boxes of envelopes and secrecy sleeves that have had their ballots are removed are stored at the City and Borough of Juneau’s ballot processing center on Tuesday, Oct. 3, the date of this year’s municipal election. Because it was a by-mail election, ballots postmarked by that date are still being tallied, with the official results scheduled to be certified Oct. 17. ( Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire File)

Local candidates retain early leads, rejection of City Hall bond grows in updated results Friday

Third-place Nano Brooks edges closer to second-place Ella Adkison in Areawide Assembly race.

This story has been updated to correct details about the contents of the boxes in the photo caption.

The same candidates remain in the lead and the new City Hall bond proposition is still facing defeat after an updated ballot count from Tuesday’s municipal election was released Friday. But a third-place Areawide Assembly candidate edged closer to his second-place challenger, while the gap on the bond measure grew wider.

A total of 7,387 ballots representing 26.6% of registered voters have now been tallied, compared to the 5,198 ballots representing 18.72% of voters initially released shortly after midnight Wednesday. More results are scheduled to be released next week and official certification of the election is scheduled for Oct. 17.

[Candidates react to unofficial local election results]

Official voter turnout was just under 33% during the 2022 local election.

At stake in the election — in addition to the $27 million bond measure to fund the construction of a new City Hall — are two Areawide Assembly seats being sought by 10 candidates, one open seat each in Assembly Districts 1 and 2 that have two candidates apiece, and three candidates seeking two Juneau Board of Education Seats.

The gap widened in the City Hall bond measure, with 3,395 votes in favor and 3,789 opposed, a 394-vote margin compared to the 112-vote margin on Wednesday

Paul Kelly and Ella Adkison remain in the lead for the two Areawide seats, with 2,731 and 2,360 votes, respectively. Nano Brooks remains in third place with 2,179 votes, with the 181-vote gap between him and Adkison marginally lower than the 209-vote gap as of Wednesday. Following Brooks are JoAnn Wallace with 1,922 votes and Laura Martinson McDonnell with 1,912, each remaining in their initial ranking. The next ranked candidate is Dorene Lorenz with 664 votes, with all other candidates getting fewer than 600 votes.

The candidate who receives the most votes for the Areawide election will take outgoing Assembly member Maria Gladziszewski’s seat for a full three-year term, and the candidate with the second-most votes will finish up resigned member Carole Triem’s seat for two years.

Incumbents continue to hold the lead in both district Assembly races, with District 1 incumbent Alicia Hughes-Skandijs receiving 4,104 votes to challenger Joe Geldhof’s 2,878 votes and District 2 incumbent Christine Woll’s 4,423 votes leading challenger David Morris’ 2,404 votes.

David Noon and Britteny Cioni-Haywood continue to hold strong leads for the two school board seats with 4,558 and 4,267 votes, respectively. Paige Sipniewski trails with 2,372 votes.

• Contact Mark Sabbatini at mark.sabbatini@juneauempire.com or (907) 957-2306.

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