The Seward Phoenix Log - News of the Eastern Kenai Peninsula since 1966

By Annette Shacklett

Obama reelected, Alaska sends Young back to D.C., East Peninsula represented by Giessel and Chenault, Bond measure passes

Election 2012


Leon Youngblood | The Seward Phoenix LOG

At one of five polling locations on the Eastern Kenai Peninsula, Bear Creek voters make their mark for the future of the republic and choose their state senator as well. Also on the ballot were a slew of judges, Bond Proposition A and the question of a state constitutional convention.

Barack Obama was reelected President of the United States on Tuesday after a long contentious and polarized battle against Mitt Romney. Running on the Democratic Party ticket Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden have 303 of the 538 electoral votes and 50.3 percent of the popular votes, according to on Wednesday morning. Mitt Romney as the Republican Party candidate and his running mate Paul Ryan garnered 206 of the electoral votes and 48.1 percent of the popular votes. Florida’s 29 electoral votes were not committed by Wednesday morning. Unofficial results for the Seward/Lowell Point precinct are Romney/Ryan 346 votes and Obama/Biden 325.

U.S. Representative Don Young will continue to represent Alaska in Washington D.C. after defeating Democratic Party candidate Sharon Cissna. Young, the Republican Party candidate and 40-year representative, tallied 65 percent of Alaska’s votes, while Cissna won 28 percent of the votes, according to the state election website on Wednesday morning. In the Seward/Lowell Point precinct the unofficial tally was Young 401 votes, Cissna 228.

The new state senator for Seward is Republican Cathy Giessel, who has served one term in the senate. In a hard fought battle with independent Ron Devon in the new District N that includes south Anchorage, Nikiski and the East Kenai Peninsula, Giessel had 57 percent of the votes and Devon 43 percent. In the Seward/Lowell Point precinct, Devon won 382 votes to Giessel’s 305.

David Kingsland | William H. Seward Elementary School

It was a tight presidential race at Seward Elementary when grades 3 through 6 finished voting this week with Romney/Ryan eeking out a victory with 73 votes to Obama/Biden’s 72. The Libertarian ticket of Johnson/Gray grabbed a single vote. The mock election was limited to the presidential race.

Running unopposed for state representative on the Republican ticket, Charles “Mike” Chenault garnered 95 percent of the votes in the new District 28 and will represent the East Peninsula in the Alaska House of Representatives. He had 511 votes in the Seward/Lowell Point precinct.

Statewide Bonding Proposition A to fund $453.5 million in transportation projects across the state, including $10 million for Seward Marine Industrial Center development, got the go ahead from the voters with 57 percent saying yes. Seward/Lowell Point precinct 443 yes and 225 no.

The question of whether to call a state constitutional convention was defeated statewide. Across the state 68 percent of the voters said no and 32 voted yes. Seward/Lowell Point voted 448 no and 196 yes.

See information about the election, including other East Peninsula precincts on The LOG website at


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