Venuti, Lord net seats on council
October 5th, 2017 | Staff Report
Caroline Venuti and Rachel Lord will find themselves in new positions soon. Both were overwhelming choices by voters to fill the two vacant seats on the Homer City Council on Tuesday during the General Election.
Two of eight candidates seeking a spot on the council, Venuti and Lord easily rolled into office. Venuti garnered 776 total votes in the election. Lord garnered 773 votes.
The top two vote-getters garnered the at-large seats on the council. Finishing a distant third in the municipal race was Sarah Vance, who pulled in 29 percent of the ballot with 331 votes. Dwayne Nustvold Jr., and Stephen Mueller amassed the fourth and fifth highest totals, netting 229 and 178 ballots, respectively.
While Venuti and Lord were winning their races, Charlie Pierce and Linda Hutchings appeared to be heading for a run-off in the three-way race to serve as the Kenai Peninsula Borough mayor. Pierce collected almost 900 more votes than Linda Hutchings at 9 p.m. in borough-wide voting. Former mayor Dale Bagley was third.
Overall, Pierce received approximately 39 percent of the total ballots cast. Hutchings received about 31 percent and Bagley with about 28 percent. Under borough election guidelines, the winner of the mayoral race must receive at least 50 percent of the popular vote to win outright. Otherwise, the two top candidates will face off in a runoff election.
The runoff election will be Oct. 24.
The winner of the runoff election will replace outgoing mayor Mike Navarre.
Kelly Cooper easily won re-election to the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly. She received all but 10 of the 1,130 ballots cast.
Mike Illg and Debbie Cary also earned vital positions on the borough's school board. Both received more than 95 percent of the votes.