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Primary Day

Alaskans are heading to the polls today for Alaska’s statewide primary. In Petersburg, voters are choosing their candidates for US house and deciding on two ballot propositions. One would allow communities to increase local property tax exemptions. The other would reestablish the state’s Coastal Management Program.

Unlike voters in Petersburg, most Alaskans are also choosing the state senators and representatives they hope to see in this fall’s general election. Petersburg is in a new legislative district with Juneau next year and sitting Juneau Representative Beth Kertula is unopposed for her seat. Juneau’s Dennis Egan is the only state senator who does not have to run this year.

Petersburg election officials at the Aquatic Center. From left to right: Sonja Whitethorn, Cathy Harris, and Lynda Fredricksen


As of about 4:30 Tuesday, roughly 290 people had voted at the Aquatic Center lobby in Petersburg. Thats about 11 percent of registered voters in the precinct.

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