The makeup of the Seward City Council is set to change drastically with the results of last week’s municipal election. Of the four seats up for grabs, only one was retained by an incumbent. The remaining seats all go to challengers, two of whom have previous experience on the council.
Mayoral challenger Christy Terry prevailed over incumbent Mayor David Squires in a final tally of 384–129 following Thursday’s meeting of the canvass board. Sue McClure remains on the council for another year, having beat Brad Snowden in a landslide 428–49.
Dale Butts and Tony Baclaan will sit for three years after receiving the first and second highest number of votes respectively in a crowded field of five candidates. Butts received 280 votes, Baclaan 226.
Butts and Baclaan eclipsed incumbents Suzi Towsley and Jeremy Horn, who received 156 and 162 votes, respectively. Challenger Wolf Kurtz received 133.
Including absentee voting, 521 ballots were counted in the municipal election. With 1,833 registered voters inside the city limits, the voter turnout came in at 28 percent.
At the same time, Seward also voted in a Kenai Peninsula Borough election on two ballot propositions. The measures, which would have adopted a council-manager form of government and raised the sales tax cap to $1,000, both failed, according to the preliminary results.
The Seward area broke ranks with most Kenai Peninsula voters, however, with voters in the Seward-Lowell Point and Bear Creek precincts voting in favor of both propositions by strong margins.
The election also saw uncontested races for seats on the Seward–Bear Creek Flood Service Area and the eastern peninsula seat on the board for Kenai Peninsula Borough School District.
Orson Smith and Mark Ganser remain on the flood service area board. Martha Fleming was elected to the school board, replacing long-serving member Lynn Hohl, who did not run for reelection.