Jaimie Palmer and Grant EchoHawk will be the newest members of the Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly after the borough canvassing board tallied a remaining 421 absentee, special needs and questioned ballots on Monday morning.
Palmer and EchoHawk beat out Carlos Weimer, Darlene d-Svenson and Jason Button for the two open seats on the Assembly. Both seats carry three-year terms.
The 421 uncounted ballots made for a cliffhanger of an election night. With so many uncounted ballots, none of the Assembly candidates had received enough votes on election night to guarantee that they would have the spot after the canvass board tally.
All five candidates in the race retained their election night standings with the added vote counts. Palmer got a grand total of 1,132 votes, while EchoHawk received 989.
Weimer finished solidly in third place, with 741 votes, followed by d-Svenson, with 585 votes, and Button, with 553 votes.
Palmer is the Ketchikan Division manager for Allen Marine Tours. She also owns The Captain's Lady and the Ketchikan Candle Company and served on the Ketchikan Visitors Bureau board of directors. EchoHawk is the Child Advocacy Center coordinator for Women in Safe Homes, and is the president of KRBD's board of directors.
"It's great to be selected," said Palmer. "Thank you to everyone who voted in confidence for me to help lead the borough and set policy for the next three years. I look forward to getting started."
"I know I have a lot to learn, and I don't want to disrupt the processes that are already going on," she added. "I know that the strategic plan has been set, and I'm looking forward to helping work on that with staff (to reach) the goals they've already set."
EchoHawk did not respond to a request for comment by press time Monday.
The Assembly will meet in a special meeting shortly before its regular meeting on Monday to review and certify the results.