Additional ballot count does not change outcome

Final election results to be certified Tuesday

Posted: Sunday, October 11, 2009

Friday's count of absentee and questioned ballots made no substantive changes to at-the-poll results from Tuesday's municipal election.

After 1,521 additional ballots were counted, outcomes in all races remained unchanged, according to unofficial results city elections officials announced Friday. Vote totals are expected to be certified Tuesday by the city.

Assembly candidate Stephanie Madsen was trailing leader Ruth Danner by 390 votes election night; Danner extended her lead to 516 votes after the additional ballots were counted.

Danner won the race to replace Sara Chambers representing Assembly District 2 by 54 percent to 46 percent.

Mayor Bruce Botelho's re-election bid was among the races decided Tuesday evening. Additional ballots extended his lead over challenger Mark Farmer to 74.3 percent to Farmer's 25.7 percent.

Incumbent Assemblyman David Stone also won easily Tuesday to continue representing Assembly District 1. His final margin narrowed a bit to 63.3 percent to 36.7 percent for challenger Karen Lawfer.

School Board candidate Andi Story remained the top vote getter in the five-way race in which each voter had up to three votes, one for each available seat. Story extended her support to 26.0 percent of all votes cast. Other winners were Mark Choate with 24.7 percent and Phyllis Carlson with 20 percent.

All three winners were incumbents. Challengers Bill Peters received 16.7 percent and Mary Marks received 12.6 percent.

Two ballot measures passed easily. A Gastineau Elementary School renovation was approved by 70.9 percent to 29.1 percent, while increased tobacco taxes passed 61.8 percent to 38.2 percent.



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