Polls open for city election

Voters cast ballots for mayor, school board and assembly

Posted: Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Polls are open across the city today for citizens to cast their votes in the municipal election.

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The mayor position, two assembly seats, three School Board seats and two propositions will be voted on between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m.

"People should remember to bring some form of ID with them," City Clerk Laurie Sica said.

Mayor Bruce Botelho is running for re-election against registered investment advisor Brad Fluetsch.

Incumbent District 1 Assembly member David Stone is seeking re-election against fisherman Mark Stopha.

Small business owner Sara Chambers and retired educator Jean Christian face off for the District 2 Assembly seat vacated by Dan Peterson.

Four candidates are vying for three open School Board seats. Incumbents Andi Story and Phyllis Carlson are seeking re-election, while political newcomers Mark Choate and Chris Thomas look to weigh in on local education issues.

Citizens will have the option of renewing a temporary 3 percent sales tax to fund essential city services with Proposition 1. Proposition 2 asks voters to decide on revising the language in Section 10.13 of the city Charter to allow interest earnings and profits from bonds to be spent on projects different than the one that were initially voted to fund.

Two precinct polling locations have changed this election, Sica said. The Juneau 2 Precinct has been moved to the Cathedral of the Nativity Catholic Parish Hall at 430 5th Street from the Holy Trinity Church, which burned down in March. The Switzer Creek Precinct has been moved from the Alaska Marine Highway office at 6 Mile Glacier Highway to the Gruening Park Recreation Center at 1800 Northwood Drive.

"I think the Gruening Park poll will work out real well because it is centrally located for the voters in that precinct," Sica said.

The precincts will likely begin reporting election results between 8:30 and 9 p.m., she said.

"We'll be at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School, doors opening at 7:30, for election central," Sica said. "People are welcome to come there and wait for results to be phoned in."

The precincts will not be reporting the absentee ballots and question ballots tonight, she said.

"The results on election night are unofficial," Sica said. "By the end of this week, we will have reviewed the question ballots and absentee ballots, and those get cast on Friday."

The Canvass Review Board, a four-person board that checks for election accountability, will certify the election results on Oct. 10 she said.

Citizens unsure where to cast their votes can call the Polling Place Locator operated by the State of Alaska Division of Elections at 1-888-383-8683.

"It is in operation 24-7," Sica said.

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