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Borough Election Recount for District 5 complete, Congratulations Rep. Mayfield

PoliticsThe Mat-Su Borough has completed the recount for all votes in District 5 and have posted certified results here.

Incumbent Dan Mayfield is the winner of this very close, back-and-forth race by 17 votes. Voter turnout in Big Lake was 24.94%, almost double the next nearest community participation and crushing the just 9.00% Boroughwide average. There were 12 write-in votes.

Challenger Tew asked for a recount.

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Tew asks for Recount for District 5

PoliticsFrom MSB

The election certification is tonight, Oct. 17, at 5 pm with the Canvass Board at the Matanuska-Susitna Borough Assembly meeting. All but the District 5 race will be certified. This morning, District 5 assembly candidate Clayton Tew asked for a recount. At the polls Tew led by 19 votes. After absentee and questioned ballots were counted Tew fell back by 18 votes to incumbent Dan Mayfield.

Tew made the request to Borough Clerk Lonnie McKechnie at 11:33 am today. He asked for a recount by hand for the four precincts in District 5.

Borough code allows the Clerk to designate how the ballots are counted. McKechnie is scheduling the Canvass Board for the recount on AccuVote units in the next few days.

The election certification and one swearing in ceremony will take place tonight at 5 pm in the Assembly chambers at 350 E. Dahlia Ave. in Palmer.

For more information contact the Borough Clerk's office at (907)861-8681 or Public Affairs Director Patty Sullivan at 861-8577 or

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Congratulations Rep. Dan Mayfield

PoliticsThe Big Lake Times is calling the race for Assembly District No. 5 over, and declaring Incumbent Dan Mayfield as the winner of this very close race. All votes have been counted, including absentee and questioned ballots.

Previously, challenger Tew was ahead by just 20 votes, after the final count Rep. Mayfield pulled ahead by just 18 votes. Mayfield now has 695 votes to challenger Tew's 677.

This is an excellent example showing that every vote matters. 24.94% of registered voters in Big Lake voted, a rate nearly twice the next-closest community, and besting the 9% overall turnout.

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Incumbent Dan Mayfield pulls ahead of challenger Tew

PoliticsThe Mat-Su Borough updated the results in the close Assembly District No. 5 race. Incumbent Mayfield now has 695 votes to challenger Tew's 677. Previously Tew was ahead by just 20 votes.

We will post the certified results when they become available, on October 17th.

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Unofficial October 3rd 2017 Borough Voting Results

PoliticsUnofficial Mat-Su Borough poll results for Assembly District No. 5 indicate that challenger Tew received more votes than incumbent Mayfield.

Voter turnout was low, with just 9.19% of the registered voters casting their vote. Incumbent Mayfield received 588 votes to challenger Tews 608. There were 12 write in votes.

Complete Unofficial Results Here.

We will publish the final results after they are certified. There are absentee and questioned ballots to be counted.

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Today is Voting Day for Borough Elections

PoliticsGet out and vote today!

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Candidate Forum in Big Lake

PoliticsThere will be a Candidates Forum for the Mat-su Borough Assembly seat on Monday September 25th at Noon at the Big Lake Family Restaurant. Organized by Big Lake Chamber of Commerce. Rep. Mayfield and challenger Tews will be there.

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Today is Constitution Day

PoliticsConstitution Day commemorates the adoption of the United States Constitution and celebrates the citizens of the United States. The Constitution was written because the existing charter of government, known as the Articles of Confederation, had resulted in creating a weak and ineffective central government. The Constitution defines the supreme law of the United States, with each article of the constitution pertaining to aspects such as the congress, president, judicial system, interrelationship between the state and federal government and process of amendments to the Constitution. James Madison, Oliver Ellsworth, Nathaniel Gorham, Alexander Hamilton, William Johnson, Rufus King, Gouverneur Morris, Benjamin Franklin and George Washington wrote the Constitution.

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Posting Political Campaign Signs

PoliticsWith political campaign season underway, the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF) would like to remind everyone of the State of Alaska laws regarding political advertising.

Illustrated below are two sections of Alaska Statutes pertaining to sign posting and/or advertising in the right-of-way of Alaska’s highways:

Campaign signs placed within the state’s road and highway rights-of-way are unauthorized encroachments under AS 19.25.200 – 19.25.250 and may be removed by DOT&PF crews without notification. Vehicles parked in rights-of-way that are used to display political advertisements are also prohibited and subject to removal.

AS 19.25.105(a) states, “Outdoor advertising may not be erected or maintained within 660 feet of the nearest edge of the right-of-way and visible from the main-traveled way…” If a sign is on commercial property, but within 660 feet of the state’s right-of-way, DOT&PF personnel may send a 30-day written notice requesting removal of the sign. This notice will be sent to the property owner and the candidate.

Campaign advertising is an important effort and expensive investment for all candidates. We realize that candidates and their volunteers may simply not realize the limitations of advertising in the rights-of-way, or the exact locations of the rights-of-way.

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Dan Mayfield – Running for the Right Reasons

PoliticsSubmitted by Rep. Dan Mayfield

I am a hard working community leader and fiscal conservative. It has been my honor for nearly 3 years to represent the communities of Settlers Bay, Knik, Big Lake, Point Mackenzie and Hollywood on the Mat-Su Borough Assembly. During my time on the Borough Assembly, I have represented our common goals with an emphasis on the core duties of government to support programs such as Public Safety, Education, Infrastructure and safe Recreational Opportunities. My goal has been to make local government work for citizens so that we can jointly make our Mat-Su Borough the best place to live, work, play and become educated.

Those of you familiar with me, know of my long history of volunteer work on Transportation, Economic Development, Trails and Easements. More importantly, you know of the leadership I has demonstrated on the Assembly in support of Fiscal Responsibility and the core values of government. I have the energy, dedication, work ethic and judgment to be successful in representing our common interests throughout the next three years and bringing forth your concerns in the Assembly.

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Town Hall Meeting with Rep. Mark Neuman

PoliticsSubmitted by Rep. Mark Neuman

You're invited to a Town Hall Meeting this coming Saturday, January 28th with Senator Wilson, Rep Sullivan-Leonard and Rep. Neuman. At The Mat-Su Family Restaurant at 9 am.

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Neuman Defeats Jones

PoliticsIncumbent Mark Neuman has won reelection to House District 8: Big Lake and Point MacKenzie, defeating Democratic challenger Greg Jones. As of this story Neuman received over 80% of the votes.

In House District 10: Houston, Talkeetna, and Skwentna, the winner is David Eastman.

2016 GENERAL ELECTION November 8, 2016 Unofficial Results

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Today is the General Election

PoliticsPolls open at 7 am today. Every vote matters.

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Alaska Early Voting Begins Today


Alaska early voting begins today. Click here for a handy article on Early In-Person and Absentee voting.

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Alaska Absentee Early and In-Person Voting

PoliticsBeginning 15 days prior to an election, and continuing through Election Day, voters may vote:

Absentee early at a Regional Elections Office in the jurisdiction where the voter is registered. Regional offices are located in Juneau, Anchorage, Wasilla, Fairbanks and Nome; or

Absentee in-person at any Regional Elections Office or absentee voting location.

What is the difference between absentee in-person voting and early voting?

When voting early, the voter’s eligibility to vote is verified at the time of voting through the Division of Elections statewide voter registration system. A voter is eligible to vote early if the voter is voting at the Regional Elections Office and if the voter’s registration record is active and current. Early voting is available only during Primary, General and Statewide Special Elections. Since the voter’s eligibility to vote could be verified, the voter simply signs a certificate and the voted ballot is placed directly into the ballot box.

When voting absentee in-person, the voter’s eligibility to vote is verified after the voter is issued a ballot. Absentee in-person voting is available at each Regional Elections Office and at many absentee voting locations throughout the state. Since the voter’s eligibility could not be verified at the time of voting, the voter’s voted ballot is placed inside an absentee voting envelope prior to being placed in the ballot box.

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