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Election Bodes Assembly Power Shift

Published On: Apr 02 2014 07:57:22 AM AKDT   Updated On: Apr 02 2014 10:33:56 AM AKDT

Eleven seats on the Anchorage Assembly mean the balance of power can work for or against a sitting mayor. For the moment, the power on the assembly is considered to favor Mayor Dan Sullivan, but after last night's election, changes could be on the horizon.

If the results from Tuesday night hold up, incumbent Adam Trombley would lose his seat to Pete Petersen in the East Anchorage assembly race. Trombley is a conservative candidate who is considered a supporter of the mayor but Petersen is a former Democratic state lawmaker who is backed by the labor unions.

The Anchorage Assembly is currently considered to be split six to five in favor of the mayor, but a Petersen win over Trombley would flip that split. Petersen, who is still waiting the more than six thousand early voting ballots to be counted until he's officially declared the winner, knows how much hard work he put in to his campaign.

"I took the time to go out and talk to the people," Petersen said. "I've been out walking the neighborhoods since the middle of October."

If results hold up from Tuesday night, South Anchorage Assembly candidate Bill Evans would beat out Bruce Dougherty. Evans is a staunch supporter of the controversial labor ordinance AO-37 and was endorsed by the mayor.

"There was a lot of issues that divided the candidates," Evans said. "It's hard to say what people voted on."

Results are looking positive for Evans but after Tuesday Dougherty was only down just over two points with early voting results still coming in later next week.

"I'm a latecomer to the race so I've had to make up a good deal of ground but based on the election results so far there are very slim margins between myself and Mr. Evans," Dougherty said.

It's still not official but after Tuesday night there are early signs of a possible power shift in the assembly.