Lewis leads Eldridge in Kenai council race

Too close to call

Posted: Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Four votes separated the candidates in the only contested race for Kenai City Council, which pitted Barry Eldridge against Tony Lewis.

Unofficial results had Lewis leading with 533 votes to Eldridge’s 529. Absentee and questioned ballots remain to be counted.

Lewis and Eldridge are seeking to fill the remaining one year of council member Cliff Massie’s term. Massie left office earlier this year for health reasons.

“I’m assuming they still have absentee and questioned ballots to count. It’s obvious, it’s very close,” said Lewis when reached by phone Tuesday night.

“I’ll just have to wait and see,” he said.

When asked about the voter turnout, which was approximately 23 percent in Kenai, Lewis said, “This is how democracy works.

“The people who actually get a voice are those who go out and vote.”

Eldridge left Kenai Sept. 26 for a ministry trip with his pastor to Argentina and was unavailable to comment on the election results.

Two other council seats up for election in Kenai this year were those of incumbents Rick Ross and Bob Molloy, who both ran unopposed. Ross received 883 votes and Molloy got 834.

Phil Hermanek can be reached at phillip.hermanek@peninsulaclarion.com.

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