Politics & Government

Alaska votes: Offshore drilling opponent wins in North Slope

Wasilla’s five-way race for mayor ended in a deadlock Tuesday between candidates Marty Metiva and Verne Rupright. The two men, a nonprofit executive director and a defense attorney, will face off in an Oct. 28 runoff.

Kenai Peninsula voters also went to the polls Tuesday, electing challenger Dave Carey over incumbent Mayor John Williams. With all the precincts reporting, Carey had about 64 percent of the vote.

Kenai Peninsula voters also passed a proposition limiting the sales tax on nonprepared food items to June, July and August. The measure won 60 percent of the vote.

And in North Slope Borough voting, results posted late Tuesday night showed incumbent North Slope Borough Mayor Edward Itta winning re-election with more than 53 percent of the vote. His closest challenger, George Ahmaogak Sr., had nearly 40 percent.

In the Mat-Su borough, two bond propositions, one to use $15 million in road bonds to help build connecting roads throughout the borough and another $19.03 million bond for safety projects at local schools were passing. Both had roughly 1,000-vote margins after all precints had reported.

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