Bennett McGrath votes at the community gym in Petersburg Tuesday, October 06, 2020. (Angela Denning/KFSK)

Voters have supported a newcomer to the Petersburg borough assembly and one of the incumbents leads for the second seat.

Those are the unofficial results from Petersburg’s municipal election Tuesday.

Chelan Produce co-owner Dave Kensinger is the top vote getter and will take one of the two seats on the borough assembly with 573 votes. In second with 497 votes is incumbent and retired research diver Jeff Meucci. Just 16 votes behind is the other incumbent and OBI seafoods electrician Brandi Thynes. She has 481 votes. And that’s close enough that it could change with remaining outstanding ballots. However, there are only 19 absentee ballots that haven’t been returned and four questioned ballots. So most of those would have to go for Thynes to pull out a victory for that second seat.

In fourth place is former city councilor and Petersburg Indian Association transportation worker Marc Martinsen with 343 votes. Again, Kensinger will win one of those seats and it looks like Meucci will keep his seat.

It wasn’t a close race for school board. Incumbent Katie Holmlund retains her seat with 615 votes to challenger Craig Anderson with 297.

Those were the only contested races on the ballot this year. There was one official write in candidate for a Parks and Recreation Advisory Board seat, Stephanie Hayes wins that spot.

Turnout was nearly 34 percent, with about one third of those early voting, so many voters opted for in-person voting on election day at the community gym. That turnout’s a little lower than last year, when there were more seats contested and ballot measures to decide.

The assembly plans to meet to certify election results Friday, October 9th at noon.