Runoffs likely for NSB seats
Runoff elections could be in the cards for a handful of candidates who vied for seats in the North Slope Borough regular election held Oct. 3.
With unofficial tallies in Tuesday night from all North Slope villages except Nuiqsut, there were a few seats for which nobody had won 40 percent of the total vote, which would push them to a runoff between the two top candidates. That would only happen, however, if the final ballots counted from that village are in keeping with the rest.
As of 11 p.m. Tuesday, incumbent Harry Brower Jr. was in the lead for the mayor's seat with 712 total votes or 39.21 percent. Frederick Brower was just behind with 462 votes or 25.44 percent. With the incumbent's numbers placing him so close to the 40 percent mark, it remained unclear whether or not this race would go to a runoff.
Delbert Rexford came in third for mayor with 312 votes or 17.18 percent. Ned Arey Sr. was fourth with 221 votes or 12.16 percent. Behind him was James John Martin with 65 votes or 3.58 percent. Finally, William Hopson was sixth with 29 votes or 1.6 percent. There were 15 write-ins accounting for just 0.83 percent of the total.
The most hotly contested seat on the North Slope Borough Assembly was Seat A-3D, for which there were also six candidates. A runoff is likely between the two Patkotaks vying for the seat: Josiah and Mary.
The Patkotaks came in just a hair's breadth from one another with Josiah slightly in the lead. He got 437 votes for 24.48 percent of the total. Mary got 429 votes for 24.03 percent of the total. The eight-vote spread is likely enough to push them to a head-to-head race in the coming weeks.
Robert "Bobby" Nageak was a near third for that seat with 353 votes or 19.78 percent. Just behind him was Bob Harcharek with 336 votes or 18.82 percent of the total. Following him was Robert "Bob" Shears with 165 votes or 9.24 percent of the total. Finally, Garrett Nayokpuk earned 42 votes for 2.35 percent. Write-ins made up 1.29 percent of the total with 23 votes.
The only other contested assembly seat was A-3F. The two candidates ended the evening with remarkably close tallies; only 41 votes separated them with Nuiqsut still to be counted. Vernon Edwardsen came in ahead with 896 votes or 50.45 percent of the total. Abel Hopson-Suvlu was just behind with 855 votes for 48.14 percent. There were 25 write-ins making up 1.29 percent.
The rest of the assembly candidates ran unopposed and all won their races.
Alzred Steve Oomittuk won Seat A-1 with 1,670 votes or 96.2 percent. Write-ins accounted for 3.8 percent of the total or 66 votes.
Doreen Ahgeak Lampe won Seat A-3B with 1,646 votes or 94.76 percent. There were 91 write-in votes making up 5.24 percent of the total.
Herman Ahsoak is a new face on the assembly in Seat A-3E. He received 1,702 votes for 96.43 percent of the total. There were 63 write-ins for 3.57 percent.
Martha Tukrook took Seat A-5 with 1,665 votes or 96.63 percent. There were 58 write-ins for that seat making up 3.37 percent of the total.
Finally, Jerry Sikvayugak will be in Seat A-6. He received 1,657 votes for 95.61 percent of the total, while write-ins made up 4.39 percent of the total with 76 votes.
There were a total of 149 absentee ballots and 128 question ballots, along with all of the ballots from Nuiqsut that still need to be counted.
Nuiqsut had a mechanical issue with its Accuvote machine, election officials said, so results were expected to come in on Wednesday.
Additionally, election officials said school district results would also be posted the following day. By late Tuesday night, no tallies were available for the ballot propositions, either.
These results are all unofficial and must be certified by the canvass board.
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