When it comes to the six races for the Anchorage Assembly, unofficial election results Wednesday morning show an upset in the three-way East Anchorage race and a close lead in a second three-candidate campaign for the vacant South Anchorage seat.
The remaining four Assembly seats on the ballot appear to be taken by comfortable margins by incumbents.
Peterson currently leads by just 336 votes over Trombley, edging out just shy of 42 percent of the counted votes. Election officials report 37 percent of votes for Trombley.
Also in the East Anchorage race was political newcomer Mao Tosi, who took just over 20 percent of the votes.
The three-way race in South Anchorage’s District 6—an open seat after long-serving Assembly member Chris Birch termed out—appears to have gone to army veteran Bill Evans.
Evans has so far eked out 41 percent of the vote over second-place’s Bruce Dougherty, an Air Force veteran who’s earned just shy of 39 percent—a mere 212 vote gap. The race’s third candidate, Anchorage Police Department veteran Pete Nolan, has secured just under 20 percent of votes.
Despite Wednesday’s results, the close races mean official winners are far from certain.
Election workers with the city clerk’s office estimate about 3,200 in-person absentee votes were cast before Election Day. Another 2,800 absentee ballots were mailed and have yet to be counted.
Absentee voting locations at the UAA Student Union, the Ted Stevens International Airport and the Loussac Library also allowed voters to cast in-person absentee ballots outside their district.
Just how many in-person absentee votes were cast was unclear Wednesday.
In races elsewhere in town, results so far favor incumbents.
Downtown (District 1) was taken by Patrick Flynn over UAA chemistry professor Mark Martinson in a 73 to 25 split. Chugiak/Eagle River (District 2) was retained by Bill Star, who took 61 percent of the votes against newcomer Sharon Gibbons’ 37 percent. The Spenard and West Anchorage (District 3) seat went to Tim Steele (67 percent) over retired guardsman Phil Isley (just under 32 percent).
Elvi Gray-Jackson ran unopposed in Midtown’s District 4, garnering about 84 percent of the votes with 15 percent going to write-in candidates.
A final tally of votes will come ten days after the election.