The Valdez Star - Serving Prince William Sound and Copper River Basin

By Lee Revis
Editor, Valdez Star 

No surprises in Tuesday’s citywide elections--Web Exclusive

Incumbents keep seats on both council and school board


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Getting out the youth vote? The city sponsored “Kids vote” for the 2011 local elections. It’s a program for school age kids that allows them to cast a non-valid vote in elections. Levi Clubb cast his vote at Precinct 2 Tuesday afternoon when the Kids Vote booth was manned by Weblos den 310. From left to right are: Ryan Day, Isaac Clubb and Kyler Siddoway, all aged 10.

Valdez voters retained council incumbents Karen Ables, Dorothy Moore and Mike Wells for two more years after citywide elections held Tuesday, October 4.

The same scenario played itself out in the race for school board. Incumbents Anita Fannin, Dawn Farmer and Dan Walker will each serve a new three-year term.

Each race featured three open seats and four candidates vying for elected office.

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Election officials prepare to count questioned and absentee ballots Wednesday, Oct 5, 2011 after Tuesday’s vote. The election was certified by the Valdez City Council noon, Wednesday.

Rich Long, a former council member, ran in the election to try to regain a spot on council but fell short of gaining a majority vote against the incumbents. Long trailed all three incumbents after regular votes were tallied Tuesday night after the polls closed at 8 p.m.

Dolores Gard, a former school board member who ran to try to regain a seat she lost in the 2010 elections, netted 282 votes, which was 38 shy of tying with her nearest competitor, incumbent Dawn Farmer. Current board president Dan Walker received 455 votes and Anita Fannin was re-elected with 394 votes.

The real loser of the election was Proposition One.

It failed to pass muster with voters and was defeated 238-307.

The proposition contained changes to the city charter that would have erased certain requirements on the books regarding the city manager’s authority to enter into contracts on behalf of the city. It also contained a controversial change that would have allowed the council to enter into contracts over five years of length, which the charter now forbids.


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