Jenkins: Time to look hard at school board and at-large voting

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By Paul Jenkins |

How many befuddled Anchorage voters in the last election opened their voting packet and stared blankly at the enclosed ballot, wondering: Who in the heck are these people running for School Board? Are they conservatives? Liberals? Have I ever heard of them before?

While sources of information readily were available about the hopefuls before the city’s first mail-in balloting, not everybody, apparently, paid much attention to school board candidates. The election showed that.

Candidates in the mayoral race, for instance, drew 76,906 votes, and even the Girdwood parking enforcement proposition drew 74,706 votes. The three at-large school board races had an average of about 62,000 votes each. One of the races, won by Elisa Snelling, drew nearly 20,000 fewer votes than the mayoral contest.

Jenkins: Time to look hard at school board and at-large voting

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