ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Initial election results show Margo Bellamy ahead for Seat A on the Anchorage School Board.
As of an election result update shortly before 6 p.m. Wednesday, Bellamy is ahead of Kai Binkley Sims, with about 55% of the votes. So far, out of 39,627 votes, Bellamy has 21,765, and Binkley Sims has 17,862 (531 are write ins). We sat down with Bellamy, and she says she is feeling pretty good about the race she ran. She said she kept it positive and focused on the importance of public education. Bellamy also gives credit to late school board member Bettye Davis, who supported her and recommended her to fill Davis' vacated seat to the school board when she became ill.
"The support I've gotten has been beyond my wildest dream. People have stepped up. They've advised, they've supported, they've helped me figure out a strategy," said Bellamy. "These are people I don't even know. A lot of them I do know, and have gotten to know so I say thank you. I say thank you for myself, and for the kids in Anchorage."
For Seat B, incumbent School Board President Starr Marsett is ahead with about 52% of the votes in that race.
Remember these are still preliminary results. Ballots are still comings in, and we'll continue to update you as the numbers change.