Anchorage city election workers Saturday certified the final tallies from the city’s April 7 election, setting up a runoff for the vacant mayor’s office and certifying the defeat of five of eight bond measures.
The May 5 mayoral runoff will pit Dan Sullivan, who fell less than 2% short of the 45% needed to win in the first round, against Eric Croft, who came in second with a bit less than 20% of the vote in the 15-candidate race, held to replace Mark Begich, who won a November election to the U.S. Senate.
Sullivan, a Republican and son of a former mayor, is a former member of the city Assembly. He has supported plans to reduce property taxes by replacing them with sales tax revenue. Croft, a Democrat, is a former state lawmaker and prosecutor.
Voters April 7 rejected five of eight bond measures on the ballot, the largest a $69.9 million school bond. They approved a $34.2 million road and drainage bond. In all, voters approved $36 million in bond authorizations and rejected $105 million.