By Alex Schaffer
Elections took place on October 1 in three of Alaska's largest school districts. Five of the nine elections were won by candidates who ran unopposed, with incumbents Sue Hull, Lynn Hohl, Susan Pougher and Edith-Helen Hilts earning three-year terms on their respective school boards and newcomer Wendy C. Dominique earning a one-year seat on the Fairbanks North Star Borough School Board. In the Matanuska-Sustina Borough School District Seat G election, Ray Michaelson defeated incumbent appointee David Cheezem. Voter turnout was high in the Fairbanks North Star and Matanuska-Susitna boroughs, but voters cast fewer than 2,000 ballots total in the Kenai Peninsula Borough.
Only a third of the campaigns were close, with two elections featuring newcomers narrowly defeating incumbents. In the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District Seat D election, Allyson Lambert, a retired Judge Advocate General officer in the US Navy, won a close election against incumbent Charlie Leonelli and fellow challenger April Johnson. Lambert won the election by a margin of just over 200 votes. In the Matanuska-Sustina Borough School District Seat F race, Donna Dearman defeated three other candidates, including incumbent Neal Lacy, in an election that separated Dearman and Lacy by less than 200 votes. The closest race came in the low turnout Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, District 1 election, where Daniel J. Castimore defeated D. Shawn Hutchings by just 53 votes.
- ↑ Kenai Peninsula Borough, "Election Summary Report October 1, 2013 Regular Municipal Election," October 2, 2013
- ↑ Phillip Manning, KTNA.org, "Mat-Su Borough and Talkeetna Community Council Election Unofficial Results," October 1, 2013
- ↑ Matanuska-Susitna Borough, "MATANUSKA SUSITNA BOROUGH OCTOBER 1, 2013 REGULAR BOROUGH ELECTION UNOFFICIAL RESULTS," accessed October 2, 2013 (dead link)