Write-in candidate Hilts to fill empty seat

Posted: Thursday, October 09, 2003

Longtime Seldovia resident Sunni Hilts appears to be the winner of the write-in race for a seat representing the southern peninsula on the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education.

Hilts, a former teacher at Susan B. English School in Seldovia, was the primary write-in candidate for District 9-South Peninsula, which encompasses all of the southern peninsula outside the Homer city limits, including Anchor Point, Diamond Ridge, Kachemak City, Fritz Creek and Seldovia.

The district is one of nine formed to facilitate the transition of the school board from a seven-member, at-large board to a nine-member board with representatives elected by region. It was the only district that did not draw an official candidate for the election held Tuesday. Rather, the race is being decided by write-in votes.

On Wednesday, officials were in Homer hand-counting the write-in votes, and Sherry Biggs, the deputy borough clerk, said a winner was fairly apparent.

"The unofficial results from the hand-count team (show) 174 ballots were cast," Biggs said Wednesday from Homer. "Of that, Sunni Hilts received 114 votes."

Biggs said absentee and questioned ballots still need to be counted, and none of the election results are official until certified by the borough assembly next Tuesday.

Still, she said, Hilts is likely to be the clear winner.

Hilt was not available for comment Wednesday.

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