Election Unofficial Results for Nenana
Election 2012, with incumbent Mayor Jason Mayrand leading 96-40 ahead of Willie Lord, and Caroline Gongaware trailing with nineteen votes, is almost over. There are eight question ballots remaining to count, says
election judge Karen Harvey, and there are approximately five absentee ballots and one other absentee ballots unreturned as of October second, says Nenana City Clerk Sharon Ridlington. Barring unforseen impediments, the not counted ballots do not add up to any change in the unofficial results.
“The city has come a long way in the past ten years and there’s yet a lot to get done,” said Mayor Mayrand at the candidate forum held on Friday evening, September 28, 2012.
Nenana Student Living Center debt, Nenana borough formation, the new bridge over the Nenana River at Nenana, the disintigrating water plant and students getting left behind were topics touched upon by candidates at the recent candidates forum in Nenana, Alaska. Nine candidates including three mayoral, three assembly, and three for school board were in attendance. One Mayoral candidate was particularly mindful of the historical situation the city and village of Nenana are in.
“Right now is a historical period for Nenana, with a lot of things going on…I’d like to be a part of this,” said Willie Lord, who held Seat C on the Nenana Assembly, and was also previously former Chief of Nenana Native Council. Lord ran as a Mayoral Candidate instead of filing for Seat C on the Assembly, and will not be returning to that seat. Several Seat C write-in candidates were on the ballots that voters filled out on Tuesday. Kat McElroy led the write-ins with 35 votes, and Sam Verhagen came in second as a write in candidate with 17 votes. One hundred sixty-seven of the 355 Nenana registered voters voted on Tuesday.
Carolyn Gongaware, second runner-up for Mayor had commented at the forum that the citizens are not fully informed of financial situations due to inexperience or “whatever”, like citizens not going to meetings (of the assembly).
Both Nenana Assembly and school board seats had candidates running un-opposed. Eighteen voters voted on the School Board North Advisory position filled by Chuck Hugny. Darrol Wilcox, Art Thompson, and Jeff Coghill return to their Assembly seats. Marilyn Duggar and Teresa Mayrand return to their Nenana School Board Seats.
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