Doll wins three-way Assembly race with ease

Posted: Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Juneau Assembly candidates Bob Doll, Merrill Sanford and Jonathan Anderson won their respective races in the city election, according to unofficial voting results tallied Tuesday night.

In the three-candidate citywide race, Doll, the former state ferry director, received 2,762 votes. Mara Early, chairwoman of the Juneau Coalition for Youth, garnered 2,072 votes. David Summers, outgoing president of Juneau Chamber of Commerce, won 1,909 votes.

With 3,566 votes, District 1 incumbent Merrill Sanford scored 671 more than his challenger, Joan Cahill.

In the District 2 race, Jonathan Anderson received 3,332 votes, 650 more than his opponent, Andrew Green.

City Clerk Laurie Sica said a review board will examine about 600 questioned ballots and 1,200 absentee ballots before logging final vote figures. Questioned ballots included those cast by people who didn't vote at their assigned precincts.

A canvass review board will certify the election Tuesday.

Doll said he didn't expect that Summers would win the fewest votes in the at-large race. He said he thought Early would get a much smaller proportion of votes because she is a young, first-time candidate with a shorter resume.

"The result is a real compliment to my competitor, who is articulate and appealing and makes an excellent presentation," Doll said.

He said he would try to solve practical problems that Juneau faces, especially the lack of affordable housing.

"In many respects, that translates into water and sewer," Doll said. "We will also deal with land availability and the building permit process."

Early, who was pressured by some of Doll's supporters to drop out before the election, said she was excited about the results.

"We will wait until the 1,000-plus absentee votes to determine the outcome," Early said.

Early attributes the votes she got to the fact that she has lived in Juneau for 23 years and cares about what's important to many voters, including providing opportunities for young adults and students.

Early said she would not rule out the possibility of running again. But she said she would register as a nonpartisan.

"My views are slightly different from the current Juneau Democratic party," said Early, who registered as a Democrat.

Summers was unavailable for comment Tuesday night and did not return a phone message by press time.

District 1 candidate Sanford said he hopes he can meet the voters' expectations for the next three years.

Cahill, who spearheaded an ordinance that will ban smoking in all city bars beginning in 2008, said she considers the result a good one, especially because she ran against an incumbent and that this was her first race.

Cahill said she would encourage more women to run for the Assembly after seeing that both female candidates made good showings.

Anderson said he was pleased by the election's outcome. He said he would work for open government, encourage citizen participation, and push for televised Assembly meetings. He said he would focus on creating affordable housing and to make sure Juneau builds a second bridge across Gastineau Channel.

Green, port manager of Cruise Line Agencies of Alaska, said it was humbling to see many people come out to support him.

"I was able to get a lot of votes with less than $5,000 in a very short amount of time," Green said. "This will not be my last attempt."

John Kelly voted for Doll, Cahill and Anderson and said those candidates reflected a positive future for Juneau.

"They look at diversity as an essential part of our future," Kelly, 34, said.

Ben Wilcox, a 35-year-old bartender, said he voted for Sanford and Summers. He said he didn't vote in the District 2 race because he wasn't familiar with the candidates.

"Joan Cahill has interfered with people's life and business with her clean air act," said Wilcox. "My income was cut in half."

• I-Chun Che can be reached at ichun.che@juneauempire.com.



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