Election Good News!
Election. Good. News.
Let’s just sit with that for a moment.
As always, there are the last ballots to be counted, and write-in votes to be scrutinized, but here’s where we stand so far:
Bettye Davis for School Board handed Don Smith his walking papers (and his rear end) with a decisive 54-45 victory for the seat Smith currently occupies.
Bettye is amazing in her own right, but Don Smith’s latest shenanigans and nastiness didn’t help his cause. Davis recently lost her established State Senate seat after Republican redistricting sliced up her former district. It’s good to have her back serving the public.
Nick Moe, who launched a write-in campaign mere weeks ago to unseat Assembly Chair Ernie Hall did phenomenally well. The write-in votes trail Hall’s by only 93 at the end of the night, but all the particulars have yet to be examined, so technically we don’t have a result, and won’t for a little while. Even if Moe doesn’t actually win, he’s positioned himself extremely well for a future bid for office, and Hall and the other anti-union Mayor Sullivan puppets had better sit up and take notice. Moe ran an outstanding campaign, and made many friends and supporters in West Anchorage.
And as far as Ernie Hall goes, people don’t like a candidate who promises one thing and does another, nor do the people like being told they can no longer speak to an issue when they want to.
Asked why his race was so close, Hall said
“I have no idea.”
“Prior to AO-37 (the labor ordinance), nobody even wanted to contest me,” he said.
Former legislator, and mayoral candidate Eric Croft whomped the competition taking more than 60% of the vote for School Board. It’s great to have him back in the arena, and affecting policy. This is a real win for the good guys.
Dick Traini, recent Republican legislative candidate, and one of the stalwart votes against Ordinance 37 landed a decisive victory over Andy Clary, and will serve another term on the Assembly. Score one for reasonable Republicans!
Tim Steele emerged victorious by 20 points in a rousing defeat of Cheryl Frasca, former Sullivan budget advisor and the Mayor’s hand-picked temporary appointment to new legislator Harriet Drummond’s vacant seat. Had he been there instead of Frasca last week, Ordinance 37 would not have gone through. Hence the urgency to cut-off testimony and vote it in before this election.
Paul Honeman was running unopposed for his East side Assembly seat, and came to celebrate.
Between his sock puppet Frasca going down in flames, Traini’s re-election, and Nick Moe standing on the edge of ousting Chair Ernie Hall, the Mayor had a bad night. After fleeing Linda Kellen Biegel, he stood to the side giving brief interviews before leaving.
The mayor’s favorite Eagle River candidate, Amy Demboski won, and Jennifer Johnston of South Anchorage ran unopposed. ”Three of the five people I endorsed are winning,” Sullivan said. “That’s 60 percent. In baseball that makes you the greatest hitter of all time.”
Just to give us a not-so-nice flashback, infamous election debacler, and ballot box mangler Jacqueline “Don’t Mind the Broken Seals” Duke showed up. Being ousted from her former job in disgrace didn’t keep her away from this year’s election fun. Under new management, we actually didn’t run out of ballots anywhere this time. Imagine that.
And, of course, it just wouldn’t be an event without the Party Planner using the opportunity to network.
And we’d be remiss not to welcome home the Mudflats’ former NY Bureau Chief, Zach Roberts, who is back in our fair state and now the official Mudflats Investigations/Photo Editor. Hey, Zach. I think there’s something on your shoulder. Let’s get rid of that, shall we?