Dan Ortiz has won the race for southern Southeast Alaska’s House District 36. With nearly 3,700 absentee and early ballots added to the tally, the Ketchikan independent has a more than 20-point lead over his Republican challenger Leslie Becker in unofficial results.
Ortiz thanked voters for their support in a statement to KRBD.
“I thank all the District 36 voters who took the time and made the effort to let their voices be heard, it was a great turnout and testament to our working Democratic Republic form of government,” Ortiz said.
The results were released shortly after 5 p.m. Friday. Becker issued a statement to KRBD acknowledging the former schoolteacher’s win.
“The people of District 36 have chosen. Congratulations to Dan Ortiz for his re-election,” Becker said.
It’ll be Ortiz’s fourth term in the Alaska House representing Ketchikan, Metlakatla, Wrangell and Hydaburg.