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

By Lee Revis 

Schantz, Miner and Moulton win city council seats

Cobb re-elected mayor and Prop. 1 passes muster


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Election judge Gloria Day (right) inserts the “end vote card” Tuesday night with election official Sheri Pierce after Valdez polls closed at Precinct 2.

Newcomers Donna Schantz, Jeremy Miner and Christopher Moulton were each elected to serve two-year terms on the Valdez City Council after absentee and questioned ballots were counted Wednesday morning from the Tues. Oct 2 municipal elections.

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Incumbent Dave Cobb, right, was re-elected to a two-year term as Valdez Mayor. Cobb sat next to challenger Rich Long during a “Meet the Candidates” forum in Valdez Friday night.

There were no incumbents on the ballot for city council, leaving a wide open field that attracted nine candidates. In the final count, Schantz netted 492 votes, Miner 330 votes and Moulton 323 votes.

Incumbent Dave Cobb was also re-elected, beating challenger Rich Long with 503 voters versus 411 votes.

Proposition 1 easily passed, netting 650 votes, with only 296 votes against the measure. Proposition 1 authorizes the City of Valdez to issue $39 million in bonds to build a new middle school to replace the aging Gilson Jr. High.

Incumbent Dr. Kathy Todd and candidate Dolores Gard were elected to the board of education for three-year terms. Both candidates ran unopposed. The Valdez City Council was set to certify the election noon, Wednesday.

Here are the number of votes council candidates that did not win the election received: Kris O’brien 102, Christian McGee 154, Nate Smith 293, Joshua Swierk 282, Wanda Clark 123 and Alan Crume 318.


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