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Incumbent mayor Brower keeps NSB seat

November 10th 3:41 pm | Shady Grove Oliver Print this article   Email this article  

Incumbent Mayor Harry Brower Jr. will keep his seat at the head of the North Slope Borough, according to unofficial results of Tuesday's runoff election.

Brower, who was elected to his position following the recall of former Mayor Charlotte Brower last year, served a partial term before the regular election this October. Therefore, this will be the start of his first complete term in office.

Also vying for the seat in this most recent election was Frederick Brower, who came in second to Harry the first time around.

Without the splitting of votes among additional candidates as in the October election, Harry retained his lead over Frederick through the runoff, earning a total of 999 votes to Frederick's 662. That gave Harry 60.14 percent of the total and Frederick 39.86 percent.

The incumbent Brower led the polls in every precinct, based on the uncertified tallies released Tuesday evening.

In the largest precinct, Browerville, Harry swept the vote with 447 votes to Frederick's 348. In the Barrow precinct, the margin was thinner at 151 to 142.

In Anaktuvuk Pass, Harry led with 67 to Frederick's 29. In Atqasuk, he earned 36 to Frederick's 11. Over in Kaktovik, Harry got 49 votes to Frederick's 24 votes, and in Nuiqsut, he earned 67 to 14. Harry led Wainwright with 86 votes to Frederick's 65. He did the same in Point Hope and Point Lay, with 69 to 17 and 27 to 12, respectively.

There was one other race being decided by runoff this fall. Newcomer Josiah Patkotak claimed the one final contested seat on the borough assembly over Mary Patkotak. He earned a total of 971 votes to her 681, or 58.78 percent to her 41.22 percent.

While Mary claimed many of the villages, those votes weren't enough to push her ahead of Josiah's significant lead in both the Barrow and Browerville precincts.

In the largest, Browerville, he took 529 to her 258. In Barrow, he earned 188 to her 104.

She took Anaktuvuk Pass with 54 votes to his 42. She also won Atqasuk by a hair's breadth with 24 to his 23. She had a significant lead in Kaktovik with 43 to his 30, and did the same in Point Hope, where she earned 64 votes to his 22. She also led Point Lay with 28 votes to his 11.

Josiah, however, took Wainwright with 85 votes to her 66. He also beat her in Nuiqsut by a single vote: 41 to 40.

There were a total of 205 absentee ballots cast, along with 94 question ballots, for a total of 299.

These results are unofficial until certified by the canvass board. According to Borough Clerk Sheila Burke, the canvass board is scheduled to meet Nov. 14 at 9 a.m. in the North Slope Borough Assembly room.

The regular meeting and public hearing of the borough assembly will follow at 1:30 p.m.

Complete election results, along with information about the upcoming meetings, can be found on the borough's website:

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