Incumbents regain seats in Ketchikan local election

Posted: Thursday, October 03, 2002

KODIAK (AP) -- Incumbents in Kodiak's local elections retained their seats in Tuesday's election.

Two vacant positions were clinched by a reformer and a self-described insider.

In the competitive five-candidate race for three borough assembly seats, reformist Nancy Wells will join incumbents Tuck Bonney and Tom Abell on the assembly.

A Womens Bay Community Council member, Wells will leave her position to take up the borough assembly seat left by departing Darlene Turner.

Wells said she ran for the position ''to work within the system to make change.''

The other contested election was for the school board. Betty Odell garnered the most votes, followed by incumbent Jeff Stephan.

A rookie to local politics but not to the school system, Odell will replace departing board member Jack McFarland on the five-member board. The Chiniak resident has been a janitor, teacher and parent in the school system.

Her campaign touted her insider experiences and understanding of small village schools.

''I feel like I'm really in touch with what's going on,'' Odell told the Kodiak Daily Mirror. ''I'm in good communication with the schools here.''

In the uncontested city council race, incumbents Charlie Davidson and Tom Walters confirmed their re-elections.

Jeff Steele and Tom Trosvig lost the borough election; Scott Arndt lost the school board election. All elected terms are for three years.

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