Unalaska Municipal Election 2019: Preliminary Results

Oct 1, 2019

Credit Laura Kraegel/KUCB

Updated 10/2/19

With 49 absentee and questioned ballots still uncounted, both of Unalaska's contested races are too close to call.

Vince Tutiakoff Sr. leads Dennis Robinson in the race for mayor, with 49 percent of the vote. Meanwhile, Josh Good leads incumbent Denise Rankin in the race for school board seat D, with about 52 percent of the vote.

KUCB will bring you the final results after city officials canvass absentee and questioned ballots on Friday at 10 a.m. at City Hall.

The three remaining races were decided on Election Day.

Darin Nicholson won City Council seat C with about 60 percent of the vote, incumbent Dave Gregory won City Council seat D with about 93 percent of the vote, and Bob Cummings won school board seat C with about 94 percent of the vote.

MAYOR (CITY COUNCIL SEAT A)

  • Vince Tutiakoff Sr.: 245 votes
  • Dennis Robinson: 222
  • Write-ins: 32

CITY COUNCIL SEAT C

  • Darin Nicholson: 235 votes
  • Write-ins: 155

CITY COUNCIL SEAT D

  • Dave Gregory: 400 votes
  • Write-ins: 28

SCHOOL BOARD SEAT C

  • Bob Cummings: 371 votes
  • Write-ins: 24

SCHOOL BOARD SEAT D

  • Denise Rankin: 221 votes
  • Josh Good: 243
  • Write-ins: 1

10/2/19 Update: This story previously stated that Dennis Robinson earned 221 votes and that there were 26 write-ins for mayor (City Council seat A). The City Clerk's office has since updated those numbers to 222 and 32, respectively, after recounting ballots by hand due to the closeness of the race.

"Because of the results for Seat CC-A and the number of write-ins, we did a hand re-count of ballots for this seat only, which changed the results for this race by one," said City Clerk Marjie Veeder in a email. "This particular ballot was not properly completed (the oval was not completely filled in as instructed), yet the Election Board unanimously agreed that the voter's intent was that the ballot be cast for Mr. Robinson.  Therefore, the Election Day results for Seat CC-A have been modified."

Meanwhile, Veeder said the increase in write-ins was the result of some voters writing a name on the ballot's write-in line without filling in the corresponding oval. That meant those write-in votes were only tallied in the hand count, not in the initial count by the voting machine.