Valdez City Council and School Board are overhauled after election results

By Tony Gorman

Only one incumbent survived the Valdez Municipal Election while two former Valdez City Council members have won seats on the Valdez School Board.

Mike Wells won the most votes in the City Council race with 399 to retain his seat.  Ruth E. Knight garnered the second-most votes with 319.  Dennis Fleming won the third and final seat with 310 votes.  Incumbent Karen Ables failed in her re-election bid.  She came in fifth place with 200 votes.

Joe Prax and Alan Sorum were on the city council this time last year.  Now, they are on the School Board.  Prax gathered the most votes with 435.  Sorum was second with 296 votes.  Incumbent and current School Board President Steve Brockman came in fourth with 202 votes.

There are 71 absentee and 29 question ballots to counted.  The rest of the ballots will be counted Wednesday at the Valdez City Council Chambers.

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City Council
Mike Wells                                        399
Ruth E. Knight                                  319
Dennis Flemming                             310
Nate Smith                                       248
Karen Ables                                     200
Nancy Lethcoe                                129
James "Hotai" Williams                      88
Selah Bauer                                      84
Rich Long                                         83
Kyle Hoffman                                    47
Wanda Clark                                    45
Nicole Tifft                                        35
David Lyle                                        16

School Board
Joe Prax                                          435
Alan Sorum                                     296
Jessica Vincent                               257
Steven Brockman                           202 
Billy "BJ" William                             175


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