PALMER — Dan Mayfield, the Mat-Su meeting member from Huge Lake, seems to have held off challenger Clayton “Mokie” Tew by simply 18 votes.
The Matanuska-Susitna Borough introduced the up to date ultimate however nonetheless unofficial tally Tuesday afternoon. The outcomes turn out to be official after they’re licensed throughout subsequent Tuesday’s Meeting assembly.
Tew, a longtime Huge Lake contractor, led Mayfield by 20 votes when polls closed Oct. three with absentee and questioned ballots but to be counted.
The borough conducts an automated recount solely in instances of tie votes, spokeswoman Patty Sullivan stated in an e-mail. Tew might nonetheless ask for a recount of the vote underneath borough code that lays out prices and specifics.
He had not as of Tuesday afternoon.
Mayfield, reached by telephone Tuesday, stated the closeness of the vote stunned him however he remained cautiously optimistic given his efforts to encourage early voting.
“I used to be hopeful it will carry the vote — and it did,” he stated.
Mayfield described his platform as “accountable authorities.”
Tew, who operates a fleet of distinctive pink vans and different gear, additionally began Valley Mover bus service. In the course of the marketing campaign, he stated in an interview Tuesday, he emphasised “corruption and overspending in borough authorities.”
Tew additionally stated he was stunned by the outcomes.
“I assumed I used to be going to win by a landslide,” he stated.
The full unofficial vote counts within the race put Mayfield at 695 and Tew at 677.
Turnout within the Huge Lake Meeting district hovered round 10 % in three of 4 precincts, although a Massive Lake precinct was at almost 25 %.
No different outcomes modified considerably after the extra votes have been counted, officers stated.