There was a very low turn out last month as voters went to the poles in Soldotna to elect a new Mayor to replace Ken Lancaster who was elected last fall to the state House of Representatives. 289 out of some 2,800 registered voters in the city of Soldotna cast ballots for 5 candidates. The top two vote getters were Dave Carey who received 105 votes, and Kearlee Wright who garnered 95. Neither Carey nor Wright got the required 40% to win the Mayors office, so a run off election is scheduled to be held Tuesday March 27th.
Some of the few voters who did turn out to cast a ballot were turned away because they did not reside within the city limits of Soldotna. "Soldotna has always been my mailing address, so I wanted to vote for who the next Mayor would be," said Michael Fenton who came to City Hall with 4 year old son Tyler on election day only to find out that he was registered to vote in another precinct. Only voters registered within the city limits are eligible to elect the city mayor. Absentee ballots will be available at Soldotna City Hall as of March 15th, any eligible voter may choose to cast an absentee ballot rather than waiting to vote on Election Day March 27th.
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