We had our little local election for assembly and school board on Tuesday. Preliminary results are as follows:
Yakutat Borough Assembly – 3 two-year seats… We had four candidates:
84 regular ballots cast, 6 “question” ballots and 10 “absentee” ballots
Nick Holcomb – 65 votes
Daryl James – 64 votes
Adam Kohne – 56 votes
Carol Pate – 23 votes
Yakutat School Board – 2 three-year seats and 1 two-year term remaining on a three-year seat… There were no candidates who applied to be on the ballot:
Write-in Rose Fraker – 22 votes
Write-in Justine Wheeler – 9 votes
We also had 7 write-in votes for Rose Fraker for the two-year term.
One School Board seat will remain vacant unless someone has a significant number of absentee write-ins, or they appoint someone. With all the budget woes and declining enrollment at the Yakutat School District, it is sad that no one bothered to put their name in as a formal candidate and that we can’t fill three seats in our community. But of course I didn’t put my name in either, so I can’t really say too much…
The Canvass Committee will meet Thursday October 26th, 2017 at 3pm at the City and Borough Office to open the absentee ballots and evaluate the question ballots. 16 votes can’t change the outcome of the election, so although these results are technically unofficial, this is official…
2017 Unoffical results October 17 in PDF
Canvass Comm Notice 10-26-2017 in PDF
Looks like the City and Borough of Yakutat is hiring a part-time police officer… Anyone interested can contact the city. The job posting is as follows:
PDF of the job announcement: CBY YPD notice
And here is just page 1 as a jpeg…
The Alaska Village Electric Coop has received approval from the Alaska Regulatory Commission to acquire Yakutat Power Inc. The merger of AVEC and YPI has been a long, drawn-out process spanning the better part of four years. Next week, AVEC will he holding a meet and greet for the community to answer questions and explain the details of the merger. Here is the flier for the meet and greet event:
The Canvassing Committee met today at 3pm to count the absentee ballots. The 4 question ballots were deemed invalid by the State of Alaska, 2 absentee ballots were not returned, so that left 15 valid ballots.
Ralph Wolfe picked up an additional 6 votes for mayor, while Dave Stone added 8 more to his total to close the gap by 2. Not enough to change the initial outcome, so Ralph is our new mayor. Congratulations Ralph.
Assembly-wise, Herb Holcomb added 10 more votes, Paul Harding added 11 and write-in Jimmy Jensen added only 2 more. That rearranged the order leaving Herb with the most votes, Paul moved up to the 2nd place slot and Jimmy dropped to 3rd, but they all still have a seat. Ray Sensmeier did not add any votes to his total.
For school board, nothing changed from Tuesday’s results. Adriana Preciado added 5, Tim Hann remained unchanged, so they both won (or are stuck with) their 3-year terms. Casey Mapes added 14 more votes to his total for the 1-year term.
In years past, they published the names and totals of everyone who received even one write-in. It was fun to see who got mention, even if just one single vote. This year, they decided not to release info for anyone who received less than 10 votes. Sitting in as a spectator, it was entertaining to hear some of the names of the people who were written in.
Now, on to the state-wide and national election… Woo, hoo!
We have our local election coming in this week. There is only one person running for I think three school board slots, two people running for assembly out of three slots and two people running for mayor (one slot obviously). The two mayoral candidates are our old mayor Dave Stone (he has been serving as mayor of 9 Mile for the past two election cycles…) and Ralph Wolfe. I served for a year with Ralph on the assembly and although we didn’t always agree on issues, he was articulate in explaining why he disagreed with me (aka why he was wrong…). I think Ralph is a decent, caring and intelligent option for mayor, with some fresh ideas and interesting perspectives.
I have had candidates send me things in the past, but this time around, Ralph was the only one to ask if I could post something to the blog. Obviously most of our readers are out-of-towners, but for those who can vote on Tuesday, this is what Ralph sent:
“Vote for Ralph Wolfe for Mayor
First of all I love Yakutat!
October 18th I ask you to vote for Ralph Wolfe for Mayor of Yakutat.
I’ve been a resident of Yakutat for 5 years. I have two children in the Yakutat School District and my wife and I work for The Yakutat Tlingit Tribe. I have served 1 term on the Yakutat City Assembly and I have attended many City and Borough functions.
Why you should vote for me!
- I have a new vision for Yakutat.
- I want great schools for all of our children.
- I have worked with the Alaska Legislator as a legislative aid.
- I have served on the CBY Assembly
- I am ready to help steer Yakutat in a positive direction and give back as much as the community has given to my family”
See you at the polling booth this Tuesday, October 18th, 2016 – Public Safety Building, EMS Training Room!
Hope your Memorial Day is a good one. Teen had to work, but I took the kids out to the cabin for the weekend to prep for commercial fishing in three weeks. Gorgeous weather, but I have never seen so many bugs! That’ll be a post all its own…
In the meantime, this just about sums up this day as well as anyone can. I don’t do Twitter, but I did see this post and would share:
Scanned through the headlines when I came back – something I should know better than to do by now… Some of the comments were so unbelievably ignorant and embarrassing – should have been embarrassing if the person had any shred of self-awareness…
Thank you to all those who are serving to protect my family and our freedom. Freedom does not come from the promises of politician, nor from dusty old documents. It comes from the men and women who put their bodies in the path of those of us at home and those who wish to do us harm. Thank you to all who have served that cause over the more than 2 centuries of American freedom.
To those who paid the ultimate sacrifice, there is nothing we can say to honor their work on our behalf. The least we can do today is remember that sacrifice and help future generations to understand why they have the right to be complete idiots online.
Enjoy your BBQ, for those who can’t.