Two candidates vying for the District 2 City Assembly seat emerged in a neck-and-neck race Tuesday night, with Karen Crane holding the lead at night's end.
Crane snagged 2,524 votes, while Greg Brown trailed with 2,291 in unofficial election results. Christopher Nelson, the 21-year-old candidate running for the first time, garnered 845 votes.
"I'm thrilled, and they're so close I'm glad I didn't skip a single event in the last month," Crane said of the results. "If everything is certified the way I expect it to be at this point, the assembly swearing-in is next week and I'm looking forward to getting to work."
Nelson said an "excellent candidate for assembly won" and he will get involved with city government and work on projects important to Juneau citizens and will learn from "those more experienced than I am so I can come back next time and win the election."
Brown also believes Crane will do a good job.
"I think it was a great race and I think Karen is a fine lady and I think the people of Juneau will do great with her," he said. "She's going to do a wonderful job for us."
Brown isn't sure what he will do next, but has a couple of opportunities.
"I would like to thank all the folks who did vote for me and all the support I received," he said. "I got a lot of questions and comments today. I think it was a wonderful thing for all of Juneau to look at some things differently. I think it's gonna work out just fine."
Absentee and questioned ballots will be counted Friday. The Canvas Review Board will review and certify the results on Tuesday, Oct. 12 and the Assembly will hold a special meeting at noon on Oct. 15 to swear in assembly members.
Mary Becker, who ran unopposed for District 1, received 5,071 votes and Johan Dybdahl, who ran for reelection unopposed, received 4,698 votes. There were 196 write-in votes for Becker's seat and 247 for Dybdahl's areawide seat.
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