Three votes separate top two in city contest

Too close to call

Posted: Wednesday, October 04, 2006

In Soldotna’s only contested city council race, Betty Obendorf unofficially edged out Sharon Hale for Seat C with a three-vote margin.

Obendorf received 241, Hale got 238 and the other two candidates, Shea Hutchings and John Smallwood garnered 83 and 53 votes, respectively.

Council Seat A, which has belonged to Jim Stogsdill for more than a decade, remains his. Stogsdill, who ran unopposed, received 529 votes.

“I would not call myself a winner just yet,” Obendorf said Tuesday night.

If the victory stands after absentee and questioned ballots are counted in, Obendorf said, “I will just roll up my sleeves and work hard for the city.”

Hale said, “I’ll wait for the official totals. I’m good either way.”

A first-time candidate for public office, Hale said, “It’s been fun. I learned a lot of things.”

Voter turnout in Soldotna was approximately 21 percent with 637 of 2,956 registered voters showing up at the polls.

Phil Hermanek can be reached at

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