Two Ketchikan City Council candidates who led election night standings have been confirmed as the winners by the city’s Canvass Board.
City Council Member Janalee Gage has won a third term on the council. She’ll be joined by jewelry store owner Jai Mahtani. He’s a newcomer to the city’s legislative body.
Gage and Mahtani led in preliminary returns Tuesday night in a race for two City Council seats. Challenger Lallette Kistler trailed close behind.
Though Kistler made up some ground with absentee votes, she ultimately finished just under 40 votes behind second-place Mahtani. Write-in candidate Bronson Olson finished last.
The city’s Canvass Board also Thursday confirmed Dave Kiffer’s win in an unopposed bid for mayor of the city of Ketchikan. Roughly 17% of city voters turned out in Tuesday’s election.
The results remain unofficial for now. The City Council is scheduled to certify the election in a special meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 18.
Election officials are set to count absentee, questioned and special needs ballots in Ketchikan Gateway Borough races, including Borough Assembly and school board, starting at 9 a.m. Monday, Oct. 11.
Disclosure: Jai Mahtani is a member of KRBD’s volunteer board of directors. He is not involved in the newsroom.