KENAI (AP) -- No candidate received 40 percent of the vote in the race for mayor of Soldotna and the top two finishers probably will face each other in runoff election April 3.
Teacher David Carey received 98 votes, or 37 percent of the total, said city Clerk Patricia Burdick, while motel owner A. Kearlee Wright received 84 votes, or 32 percent.
Kristin Lambert had 48 votes, or 18 percent, while Mike Beals got 26 votes and 10 percent, and John Smallwood got four votes and 2 percent of the 260 votes cast.
There are still 20 outstanding absentee ballots and Carey could win the election if he receives 14 of them. Burdick did not say when the absentee ballots would be tallied.
Soldotna's new mayor will serve until October 2002, the date Rep. Ken Lancaster's term would have ended. Lancaster resigned as mayor after being elected to the Legislature in November.
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