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Local government news from the KUCB Newsroom.

Courtesy of Unalaska City Hall

Unalaska is suing a former contractor blamed for costly delays during construction of the city's wastewater treatment plant in 2013 and 2014.

The City Council approved the lawsuit unanimously Tuesday, authorizing City Attorney Brooks Chandler to bring civil litigation against Advanced Blasting Services, LLC.

The Wasilla company was hired to remove rock on a $1.45 million contract.

Laura Kraegel/KUCB

Unalaskans largely followed statewide voting trends in Tuesday's primary, although local turnout was low.

Island Republicans picked former state senator Mike Dunleavy as their gubernatorial candidate with 40 percent of the vote — and longtime incumbent Don Young as their Congressional candidate with 63 percent.

Courtesy of William Weatherby

Republican William Weatherby has earned another chance to challenge Bryce Edgmon, the Democrat who's represented the Aleutian Islands and Bristol Bay in Juneau for the last 12 years.

Weatherby won the Republican nomination for House District 37 on Tuesday, claiming 63 percent of vote to defeat Stan Swetzof in the state's primary election.

Alaska Division of Elections

Election season starts in earnest Tuesday with the state primary.

Beyond picking the nominees for governor, lieutenant governor, and U.S. Representative, voters will decide who challenges incumbent Bryce Edgmon for House District 37.

The district covers a massive swath of southwest Alaska, including the Aleutian and Pribilof Islands. Edgmon has represented the area in Juneau for more than a decade.

CREDIT COURTESY OF SHARI COLEMAN, VINCENT TUTIAKOFF SR., AND ALEJANDRO "BONGUL" TUNGUL AND BY BERETT WILBER/KUCB

Unalaska's fall election will feature only one contested race.

Released Friday, the final ballot shows two candidates vying for City Council seat G: incumbent Shari Coleman and Vincent Tutiakoff Sr.

Coleman is a compliance supervisor at the UniSea, Inc. seafood plant. Last October, she ousted Rachelle Hatfield, who was appointed when Frank Kelty vacated the spot to become mayor in 2016.

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