Incumbents Wanamaker, Dybdahl, Bush sweep Assembly election

Posted: Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Juneau voters decided against making any changes to the Juneau Assembly as incumbents made a clean sweep of three races on Tuesday.

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Randy Wanamaker, Johan Dybdahl and Jeff Bush each won their races by sizable margins. Bush ran unchallenged in his race, and only two candidates ran for two Juneau School Board seats.

Assembly District 1

Jeff Bush: 4,979

Assembly District 2

Randy Wanamaker: 4,370

Dixie Hood: 2,632


Marshal Kendziorek: 2,604

Johan Dybdahl: 3,901

Iskandar Alexandar: 505

School Board

JoAnne Bell-Graves: 3,658

Destiny Sargeant: 3,3111


1 percent sales tax

YES: 4,786

NO: 2,796

Water fluoridation

YES: 2,926

NO: 4,769

Artificial turf bond

YES: 3,178

NO: 4,531

Dimond pool bond

YES: 4,300

NO: 3,432

School renovation bond

YES: 5,262

NO: 2,472

Vote totals are unofficial results as of press time. Individual precinctresults will run in Thursday's Empire. Check out for complete election coverage.

In the three-candidate areawide race, former Planning Commission Chairman Dybdahl, president of Icy Strait Point Co., won a second term with 3,901 votes in Tuesday's unofficial tally. Marshal Kendziorek, a nine-year veteran of the Juneau Planning Commission and director of information technology at the Alaska Permanent Fund Corp., received 2,604 votes. Dark horse candidate Iskandar Alexandar, a mental health clinician, trailed with 505 votes.

Dybdahl said he expected to win by at least 1,000 votes and believed his support of projects as a road out of Juneau and a second Gastineau Channel crossing resonated with voters.

"They are things people have dreamed about and just because there are obstacles, you can't give up," Dybdahl said.

Kendziorek had a different perspective on the two mega-projects. He said attention would be better focused on more basic, attainable goals that were not so divisive.

Although both candidates showed up at Election Central at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School, Kendziorek left as the final results were coming in and could not be reached later for comment.

Voters granted Wanamaker a third term in the District 2 seat, which will be his final under the city's term limits.

Wanamaker won 4,370 votes, 1,748 more votes than his opponent, family counselor and citizen activist, Dixie Hood.

Wanamaker, a former chairman of the board of Goldbelt, Juneau's urban Native corporation, said his new job as the director of BBC Human Resources made it hard to campaign as much as he has in the past. He said, however, he was struck by the amount of concern he heard from Juneau residents over the state of the local economy. It was an issue he said he identified early on as one the assembly should focus on.

"People are worried about Juneau not being able to sustain itself if we can't turn things around," Wanamaker said.

Hood, who lost to Wanamaker in a three-way race in 2001, said she was disappointed in her showing and believed campaign spending made a difference in the race. Hood filed as an exempt candidate with the state, which meant she raised and spent less than $5,000.

Hood said she enjoyed the campaign, however, and believed her ideas for broadening the economy beyond government, mining and tourism jobs enriched the campaign debate.

"I learned a lot and was able to maintain my sense of humor," she said.

District 1 candidate Jeff Bush handily won a second term after running unopposed. The former Juneau School Board president said his campaign was simple. He attended campaign forums but did not go door to door. His spending amounted to $200 left over from his last campaign which he used on a newspaper advertisement.

Two Juneau School Board candidates, JoAnne Bell-Graves and Destiny Sargeant, easily took the two open seats. Bell-Graves garnered 3,658 votes and Sargeant won 3,311 votes. Gregory Brown Sr., who dropped out of the race two weeks ago, still managed to gather 1,532 votes.

The election review board will meet Friday to count 600 questioned and 1,500 absentee votes. Election results will be certified next Tuesday.

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