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By Tommy Wells
Seward Phoenix LOG 

Seward among Peninsula's most active on Election Day


October 12, 2017 | View PDF

Seward voters can take pride in their turnout on Election Day 2017.

According to Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly member Kenn Carpenter, Seward had the second-highest percentage of voters to cast ballots during the October 3 election. The city’s percentage total was, in many instances, twice as high as other communities.

“We just went over 50 percent of actual voters that attended,” said Carpenter. “We only lost out to Kenai that had 51 percent. Everyone else was down around 25-26 percent, with the exception of one little town that had 4 percent.”

Carpenter said Seward and Lowell Point voters’ turnout was a marked increase from the previous election when only about 30 percent of the registered voters turned out.

He noted that all three borough-wide propositions were voted down. Proposition 1, which sought to restrict marijuana-based businesses on the peninsula, failed by a 64-35 percent margin. Proposition 2, which sought funding for bonds for HVAC systems, went down by 55-44 percent, while Proposition 3, which sought to increase the tax cap, was voted down by a 59-40 percent margin.

Carpenter also reminded area voters that Charlie Pierce and Linda Hutchings will be competing in a run-off election on October 24 to decide who will be the borough’s next mayor.

“Come out and show this 50 percent again and vote for your mayor,” he said. “I would really like to see more voters come out, especially in my Bear Lake area, where only about 25 percent voted.”


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