No changes: General election results certified

Posted: Sunday, December 01, 2002

The Alaska Division of Elections certified the 2002 general election results Wednesday, and though the final numbers reflect minor changes from preliminary results, the outcomes remained the same for the five legislative seats representing parts of the Kenai Peninsula.

Meanwhile, Lt. Gov.-elect Loren Leman has appointed Laura Glaiser, a longtime legislative assistant, to be the division's new director, taking over from out-going director Janet Kowalski. Glaiser has worked most recently for Sen. Pete Kelly, R-Fairbanks.

Although the outcome of the Senate District Q race remains in doubt because of a court challenge over Sen.-elect Tom Wagoner's financial disclosure statements, the Republican Moderate Wagoner outpolled Republican incumbent Sen. Jerry Ward in the Nov. 5 election by 123 votes, 5,638 to 5,515. The two were separated by about 1 percentage point.

In the District Q race, the Green Party candidate Thomas Stroman got 221 votes, while Democrat Pat Hawkins, who dropped out of the race a week or so ahead of the election, got 851 votes.

In House District 33, Republican Kelly J. Wolf's 3,056 votes easily topped the 2,742 garnered by Democrat Harold Smalley.

Incumbent Republican Rep. Mike Chenault successfully retained his seat in the House, defeating Republican Moderate James Price, 4,287 to 1,700.

Sen. Alan Austerman, R-Kodiak, now represents a portion of the Kenai Peninsula enclosed by House District 35. Austerman ran unopposed and got 7,604 votes.

The race for House District 35 also was a one-candidate race. Republican Paul Seaton, who defeated Rep. Drew Scalzi in the August primary, got 4,761 votes in his uncontested run for the seat.

Kowalski said the division had expected to announce the certification Friday, but the election certification panel completed its work ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday, and announced the findings Wednesday instead.

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