Soldotna City Council members are pictured on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019 at Soldotna City Hall in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Soldotna City Council members are pictured on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019 at Soldotna City Hall in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Early results show Carey besting Parker

Carey took in 300 votes or 54% of the vote, while Parker took in 240 votes, or 43% of the vote.

Dave Carey was the apparent winner of a seat on the Soldotna City Council, according to Tuesday night’s unofficial election results. Carey, who ran against local business owner Pam Parker, is poised to replace Tim Cashman on the city council.

Carey took in 300 votes or 54% of the vote, while Parker took in 240 votes, or 43% of the vote. There were 12 write-in votes.

Carey, who’s served on the council and as the city’s mayor in the past, said he thanks everyone who voted Tuesday night.

“I can’t wait to serve on the council,” Carey said. “Pam did a very good job at her campaign. It was very open, honest and wonderful.”

It was Parker’s first race. She said she was a little disappointed with Tuesday’s unofficial results.

“Congrats to Dave,” Parker said Tuesday night. “I’m really happy for him.”

Parker said she was excited for future opportunities to throw her name in the hat.

Current council member Lisa Parker ran unopposed for her current seat. She will be serving another three-year term.

This won’t be the last election for the city this year. Due to the death of Mayor Nels Anderson in September, the city will be running a special election Dec. 17 to find a mayor to preside over the council until the next mayoral election, which will be in October 2020.

In Kenai, current council members Glenese Pettey and Jim Glendening ran unopposed for their current seats and Kenai’s Mayor Brian Gabriel ran unopposed for another term as the city’s mayor.

This will be Mayor Gabriel’s second term. He served at the city’s mayor since 2016, and served on the city council from 2010 to 2016. This will be Pettey’s second consecutive term on the city council.

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