Anchorage voters elected the more conservative candidate, Dan Sullivan, to be their mayor Tuesday in a runoff election.
Sullivan, son of former mayor George Sullivan, had fallen 2% short of the 45% needed to win the 15-candidate April general election. In Tuesday’s runoff, he garnered more than 57% of the vote against Eric Croft to win the three-year term.
Sullivan, a Republican, 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 Alaska lawmaker and prosecutor.
Former Mayor Mark Begich won a seat in the U.S. Senate in November. Since he left for Washington, the mayor’s office has been held on an interim basis by Assembly chairman Matt Claman, who ran for the mayor’s office but finished a distant fifth in the general election.