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Voters deny Kohring bid for Wasilla City Council

Posted: October 2, 2013 - 12:37pm  |  Updated: October 3, 2013 - 12:00am

ANCHORAGE — A former disgraced lawmaker’s attempt to return to political office has been rebuked in Wasilla, and voters have appeared to repeal a ban on the use of plastic bags.

Here is how Alaska voters cast ballots Tuesday in a few local elections:

WASILLA: Unofficial results posted online show former Alaska state Rep. Vic Kohring losing his bid for city council to Brandon Wall by a vote of 303 to 124. Kohring was elected to seven terms of the state House. He was convicted of federal corruption charges in 2007 but the convictions were overturned and a new trial was ordered. Kohring pleaded guilty to a federal corruption charge in 2011.

MAT-SU: Matanuska-Susitna Borough voters have defeated a 5 percent alcohol tax by a vote of 6,231-3,548. Assembly members estimated it could have brought in $1 million annually.

FAIRBANKS: The election for mayor was too close to call. Tanana Chiefs attorney John Eberhart holds an 84-vote lead over businesswoman Vivian Stiver after nearly 2,600 votes were counted. About 470 absentee and questioned ballots remain to be counted, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported.

WRANGELL: A measure to lower the sales tax from 7 percent to 5.5 percent in the Wrangell area has been soundly defeated by about 75 percent of the voters, KSTK reported. Had it passed, the city would have faced a shortage of about $500,000 for services such as police and public schools.

KODIAK: Pat Branson was re-elected mayor of the City of Kodiak, and Jerrol Friend is the new Kodiak Island Borough mayor. Both ran unopposed, KMXT reported. Voters also approved a new conflict of interest code for the borough. It will prevent those in public office from either being employed or entering into personal service contracts with the borough.

SITKA: In light voter turnout, Aaron Swanson and Ben Miyasato were the top two vote-getters for the City and Borough of Sitka Assembly. Miyasato was 56 votes ahead of a write-in candidate, Steven Eisenbeisz, with 77 absentee ballots to be counted on Friday, KCAW reported.

HOMER: Retailers in this Kenai Peninsula community will apparently again be allowed to use onion-skin thin plastic bags. Voters on Tuesday voted 554-438 to repeal the city’s ban on use of the plastic bags, which some consider harmful to the environment. But KBBI reported there are more than 200 absentee and questioned ballots to be counted Friday.

KENAI: Incumbent Kenai Mayor Pat Porter has a narrow lead after ballots were counted Tuesday. The Peninsula Clarion reported Porter led Bob Molloy 553-521 with 34 absentee ballots yet to be counted Tuesday.

KENAI PENINSULA: Residents on Tuesday voted to increase the allowable residential property tax exemption for qualifying taxpayers from $20,000 to $50,000, the Clarion reported. The cost to the borough will be $1.3 million, and critics said it will affect the quality of service at recreation areas and firefighting facilities.

KETCHIKAN: Voters easily approved $43 million in bonds to expand the medical center, the Ketchikan Daily News reported.

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