Wythe re-elected as Homer’s mayor; Lowe, Lewis win council seats; charter commission vote fails

In unofficial Homer election results, with both precincts counted, Homer Mayor Beth Wythe easily won re-election to a second term with 654 votes to challenger Lindianne Sarno’s 350 votes. Two-term council member David Lewis also won re-election to the Homer City Council, finishing second with 531 votes in a four-person field to Catriona Lowe. Lowe won election and took the highest number of votes, with 597.

Corbin Arno came in third followed by Justin Arnold. Both ran a second time for council seats. Still to be counted are 145 walk-in early voting or assisted ballots, 21 absentee by mail ballots and 9 electronic ballots. With Arno 111 votes behind Lewis, it’s possible the election results could shift when the Canvass Board counts ballots on Friday.

A proposition to form a Home Rule Charter Commission appeared to be failing, with 429 yes votes and 503 no votes. Again, that vote could change when absentee ballots are counted.

Mayor Wythe waited for results to come in at Homer City Hall.

“Thanks,” she said in response to her re-election. “It’s a different cast of people but not a total turnover.”

Wythe walked down the street to the Alibi Bar where Lowe had an informal election results party and congratulated Lowe. Lowe high-fived her husband, Derek Reynolds, upon hearing the results. With her apparent election, Lowe said she can now shift from showing how she’s different from the other candidates.

“I can work on building consensus and finding what that is,” she said.

Lowe ran a spirited campaign. An avid bicycle commuter, Lowe could be seen riding around town with a campaign sign on her bicycle. She also waved signs on Pioneer Avenue this morning and afternoon. Supporters for Justin Arnold and Corbin Arno also waved signs today.

“I took it very seriously,” Lowe said of her campaign. “I’m kind of an overachiever.”

Michael Armstrong can be reached at michael.armstrong@homernews.com.