Homer election results certified

Lord, Venuti maintain city council seats

The official results from the Oct. 3 City of Homer regular election are in.

Candidates running for a three-year term on the Homer City Council were incumbents Rachel Lord and Caroline Venuti, and new contesters Joni Wise and Daniel Hasche.

According to the official results, certified by the City of Homer Election Canvass Board on Friday, Oct. 6, Lord and Venuti retain their seats on the council, having won 37% and 35% of the total votes cast, respectively. Lord had 681 votes and Venuti had 645.

Joni Wise received 386 votes, for 21% of the total votes cast in the election. Hasche had 110 votes, for 6% of the total votes cast.

The board also certified 20 write-in votes, equalling 1% of the total votes cast.

Voter turnout was 19% for the Oct. 3 election, according to the certified results.

Homer City Council also passed Resolution 23-110(S) during their regular meeting on Monday, certifying the results of the Oct. 3 election.

City clerk Melissa Jacobsen administered the oath of office for the reelected council members during the meeting. Lord and Venuti will continue to serve on the council until their terms of office expire in October 2026.

For further details on the regular election results, visit https://www.cityofhomer-ak.gov/cityclerk/2023-final-election-results.

Resolution 23-110(S) and the full audio recording of the regular council meeting on Monday, Oct. 9 can be found online at https://www.cityofhomer-ak.gov/resolution/resolution-23-110s-certifying-2023-homer-regular-election-results.

Newly re-elected Homer city council member Rachel Lord (right) recites the oath of office during the city council regular meeting on Monday, Oct. 9, 2023 in the Cowles Council Chambers at City Hall in Homer, Alaska. Photo courtesy of Mike Illg