Oct 09 2009
Candidates React to Close City Election
Friday, 09 October 2009

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            There are a couple of election races still up in the air in the City of Kodiak. The one-year seat to complete Jack Maker's term has two cannery bosses neck-and-neck, but even closer is the ballot initiative to clear the roadblock to city employees being able to discuss unionization. That measure is currently failing by just 17 votes.


            Jim Duncan is the head of the Alaska State Employees Association, which pushed for the initiative:


--          (City 1             41 sec              "Oh yeah, we're very encouraged ... teachers are, etcetera.")


            Duncan said he would consider requesting a recount if the final results were still close after next week's canvass of the election.


            Meanwhile, in the race for the one-year seat on the city council, Jon Whiddon has a 78-vote lead over Mike Woodruff.

            Woodruff, owner and manager of Alaska Fresh Seafoods, is the son of the late Dave Woodruff, who served many years on the Kodiak City Council:


--          (City 2                         11 sec              "Just trying to follow in my ... be a voice for the people.")


            Whiddon also runs a processing plant, Island Seafoods, just across Saint Paul Harbor from Woodruff. He also serves as the president of the Kodiak Chamber of Commerce:


--          (City 3                         26 sec              "Well, nobody likes to wait ... I'm willing to go by that.")


            Mayor Carolyn Floyd is on her way to a ninth consecutive two-year term as leader of the city, though Councilman Charlie Davidson racked up 308 votes to her 497. The two, three-year council seats up for grabs were won without opposition by incumbents Gabriel Saravia and Josie Rosales.

            The Kodiak Number One Precinct at Fisherman's Hall had a 27-percent voter turnout, with 523 of the 1,920 registered voters there show up. Precinct Number Two at the Teen Center had 22 percent turnout, with 405 of 1,849 voters casting a ballot.