homer residents turned out in great numbers on Tuesday to vote in a special recall election. in all, more than 1,000 residents lined up to cast ballots. The final results will be canvassed on Friday. - Courtesy Photo

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Council members likely to survive recall challenge

June 15th, 2017 | Tommy Wells Print this article   Email this article  

If the early returns in the special election held Tuesday mean anything, then the controversy surrounding an attempted recall of three Homer City Council members is all but dead and over. Preliminary vote totals seem to indicate Donna Aderhold, David Lewis and Catriona Reynolds will all survive bids to remove them from office.

The three council members found themselves facing recall e orts after sponsoring an "inclusivity" resolu- tion earlier this year. The proposal, which attempted to show Homer was a friendly community that had no ill feelings toward undocumented immigrants, drew the ire of many residents who believed the resolution put the council members in direct opposition with their oaths of o ce to support to federal government. The council members had petitioned the court to deny the recall election, but a judge ruled on May 23 the election could proceed.

Based on preliminary numbers, Aderhold received the strongest sup- port, with 54 percent of the ballots cast saying she should not be removed. As of Tuesday evening, she held a 79-vote advantage, at 572-493.

Lewis, too, had a seemingly com- fortable advantage in the voting. He received 563 "no" votes and garnered 53 percent support.

Reynolds tallied the lowest number of "no" votes. With 547 votes, she went into the early voting stage of the election with just a 33 vote cushion.

According to data provided by Homer City Clerk Melissa Jacobsen, a total of 1,071 people cast ballots in the election. All ballots - including 741 early votes, 81 mail-in ballots, 52 electronic and eight special needs ballots - will be counted by the canvass board at 1 p.m. on Friday in the Cowles Council Chambers.

O cials with neither the Homer Citizens Against the Recall nor the pro-recall group, Heartbeat of Homer, commented on the results.


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