by Jackie Bartz
Saturday, April 17, 2010
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- After several polling place errors delayed the decision in Midtown's Anchorage Assembly race, the city finally announced new numbers Friday night. According to unofficial final election results, Dick Traini edged out Andy Clary by 174 votes.
Traini and Clary spent 10 days in the dark, each hoping for a favorable outcome -- and now the results are in.
"I have to say, I was a bit surprised because the first set of ballots that came in absentee were heavily in my favor -- so the only basis I had to go on was that the trend would continue that way," Clary said. "It didn't. My opponent actually gained votes, so that was a bit of a surprise to me."
"It's nice to be back home again -- I enjoy the Assembly, I like what we do," Traini said. "We do everything from the type of dog you own, to the type of fence you can have to the roads in this town, and I wanted to be back on that body because I think I've got something to add to it."