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

By Lee Revis
Editor, Valdez Star 

McCune and Needles clear winners Tuesday

Cockerham leads Davis and Moore in preliminary count


Ryan McCune (396 votes) and Lon Needles (291 votes) were clear winners for city council seats in Tuesday’s municipal elections. Candidate H. Lea Cockerham was ahead for the third open seat with 246 votes. However, Greg Davis trailed Cockerham by only 19 votes after the ballots were counted from all three precincts. Dawson Moore could also theoretically overtake Cockerham if absentee and questioned ballots buck the popular trend.

There were 55 absentee ballots and a total of 29 questioned ballots that were not yet counted Tuesday night.

Those ballots will be counted after election officials begin counting questioned and absentee ballots at 10 a.m. Wed. May 6.

Latecomer John Hozey, the former city manager who waged a last minute write-in campaign for a council seat, netted 141 votes after all three precincts were hand counted Tuesday night.

The vote count for the remaining six candidates after all three precincts votes were tallied Tuesday night are: Alvin Murray (77 votes) Doug Davies (108 votes) Robert Mueller (63 votes) Dawson Moore (203 votes) Roger Kipar (90 votes) Greg Davis (227 votes) Ryan McCune (396 votes) Lon Needles (291 votes) H. Lea Cockerham (246 votes).

The Valdez City Council is slated to hold a special meeting at noon, May 6 to certify the election results.

The newly elected council members will be sworn into office at the next regular council meeting.

Incumbents Dolores Gard and Dr. Kathy Todd, who ran unopposed, were both reelected to three-year terms on the board of education.

City council office terms are for two years.


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