Mayoral front-runners heading for runoff

Posted: Thursday, April 09, 2009

ANCHORAGE - A run-off election will be needed to fill the mayor's post in Anchorage.

Former Assembly member Dan Sullivan got 43 percent of the vote in Tuesday's election, 2 percent short of winning the office outright.

So Sullivan - son of former Anchorage Mayor George Sullivan - will face runner-up Eric Croft, a former state representative, in the May 5 runoff. Croft received almost 20 percent of the vote.

The field of 15 mayoral candidates in the race included former Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan, whose firing by Gov. Sarah Palin triggered the Troopergate investigation. He finished fourth.

The post had been filled by Acting Mayor Matt Claman since Democrat Mark Begich resigned after defeating incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens in the November election.

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