No change in unofficial city, borough election

After counting absentee, questioned and special needs votes, the Homer Election Canvass Board and the Kenai Peninsula Borough found no change in last Tuesday’s unofficial election results.

In Homer, Ken Castner held on to his lead in the election for mayor, with a total of 829 votes, or 53 percent, to David Lewis with 731 votes, or 46 percent.

The results also didn’t change for Homer City Council. In the three-way race for two council seats with three-year terms, Donna Aderhold finished first with 956 votes, followed by Heath Smith with 788 votes. Deb Lowney received 646 votes. Lowney suspended her campaign last month and announced that she did not seek election to city council because of family reasons. With Aderhold and Smith re-elected, the current council make up remains the same.

In the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly District 9 race, incumbent Willy Dunne won re-election over challenger Troy Jones. Dunne received 802 votes, or 55.46 percent, to 637 votes, or 44.05 percent for Jones. Part of the Jones homesteading family on East End Road, Jones won in the Fox River and Anchor Point precincts, but Dunne prevailed in the Diamond Ridge, Kachemak Bay/Seldovia, and Kachemak City/Fritz Creek precincts. Though borough races are nonpartisan, the Alaska Republican Party and District 31 Republican Party backed Jones.

Results also didn’t change for the three propositions. Proposition 1, a school bond proposal to build a new Kachemak Selo school, failed. Two hospital service area propositions passed: Proposition 2, to expand the Central Peninsula Hospital Service Area boundary, and Proposition 3, to expand the South Kenai Peninsula Hospital Service Area.

The borough-wide voter turnout was 22.79 percent.

The city of Homer certified results at its Monday regular meeting, with Castner, Aderhold and Smith sworn in at the end of the meeting. The borough assembly certified the results at its Tuesday regular meeting.

Mayor, two-year term

Ken Castner: 829 votes, 53 percent

David Lewis: 731 votes, 46 percent

Write in: 20 votes, 1 percent

Homer Council, two, three-year seats

Donna Robertson Aderhold: 956, 76 percent*

Heath Smith: 788, 63 percent*

Deb Lowney: 646, 51 percent*

Write in: 129, 10 percent*

Total number of voters: 1,617 or a 33 percent turnout

*The city calculates council member vote percentages as a percentage of half the votes cast in the council races. Voters can select any two candidates.

Assembly District 9

Willy Dunne: 802, 55.46 percent

Troy Jones: 637, 44.05 percent

Write-in: 70, 0.48 percent

School Board District 8

Mike Illg: 1,538s, 98.84 percent

Write-in: 18, 1.16 percent

South Kenai Peninsula Hospital Service Area Board, Seat A

Jacqueline Lenew: 2,371, 97.81 percent

Write in: 53, 2.19 percent


Helen Armstrong: 2,339, 97.99 percent

Write-in: 48, 2.01 percent


William Runnoe: 2,252, 97.74 percent

Write-in: 52, 2.26 percent

Proposition 1, School Bonds

No: 5,253, 58.26 percent

Yes: 3,763 41.74 percent

Proposition 2, Hospital Common Boundary

Yes: 2,899, 66.22 percent

No: 1,479, 33.78 percent

Proposition 3, SKPHSA expansion

Yes: 2,653, 75.24 percent

No: 873, 24.76 percent

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