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Higgins, Perez-Verdia On Track to Keep School Board Seats

Published On: Apr 01 2014 10:41:10 PM AKDT   Updated On: Apr 01 2014 10:41:33 PM AKDT
Higgins, Perez-Verdia On Track to Keep School Board Seats

Joshua Staab/KTUU-TV


Both incumbents for the Anchorage School Board have taken strong leads in municipal elections Tuesday night, well ahead of their challengers.

As of 9:54 p.m., with almost 92 percent of precincts reporting, Seat C’s Pat Higgins has just over 52 percent of the vote -- more than both of his challengers combined, including Dean Williams’ 27.7 percent and Liz Ross’s 18.8 percent.

Seat D’s Kameron Perez-Verdia appears well on track to retain the seat he was initially appointed to, holding 57 percent of the vote to challenger Don Smith’s 41 percent. Smith’s candidacy suffered a blow last week after controversial comments he made on Alaska Public Media’s “Running” show, in which he cited costs the Anchorage School District paid for educating foreign students and those with special needs.

Interviewed by Channel 2 Tuesday night, Perez-Verdia attributed his apparent victory to hard work on the campaign trail.

“I feel we ran a really strong campaign,” Perez-Verdia said. “It’s been a really busy last couple of months, so raising money and going door-to-door.”

Channel 2’s Austin Baird contributed information to this story.