Mayoral run-off results expected soon

Fred Sturman, left, and Mike Navarre, right.

Peninsula residents will likely know who their next borough mayor is by 5 p.m. today, according to a borough official.

“We do plan on having everything that we have in our possession run by the end of business today,” said borough clerk Johni Blankenship.

However, election results won’t be finalized until the borough receives the mail on Monday and Tuesday with any other ballots that were postmarked on, or before election day.

“We are running a little over 1,900 (absentee ballots) right now and I would be hard pressed to say we are going to have a whole lot more than that,” Blankenship said. “But, it is possible and depending on how close the race is, it may come down to those ones that come in on Monday and Tuesday.”

The Kenai Peninsula Borough assembly will adopt a resolution to certify the results of the election at its Tuesday meeting.

After Tuesday’s run-off election, Mike Navarre leads Fred Sturman in votes for the borough mayor's seat.

Navarre took 3,923 votes, or 51.53 percent of the vote, which is just slightly more than Sturman, who gathered 3,690 votes, or 48.47 percent.

Of the 41,067 registered voters, 7,640 cast a ballot Tuesday, which is a voter turnout of 18.6 percent, according to the borough.

Sturman won in the Sterling, Salamatof, Ninilchik, Nikiski, Kasilof, Funny River, Central and Anchor Point precincts.

Navarre won in the Tyonek, Soldotna, Seward, Seldovia, Moose Pass, Mackey Lake, Kenai, Kalifornsky Beach, Kachemak City/Fritz Creek, Kachemak Bay, Hope, Homer, Diamond Ridge, Cooper Landing and Bear Creek precincts.

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