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2014 Election Information
Notice of Candidacy for Seward City Council



 Notice is hereby given that any qualified voter living within the Seward city limits for at least one year prior to August 15, 2014 may file a declaration of candidacy for one of four available council seats, three seats with two-year terms and one seat with a one-year term that will be filled at the regular municipal election to be conducted on Tuesday, October 7, 2014. The Council Member seats currently held by Marianna Keil, Ristine Casagranda, and Dale Butts will be available for two year terms.  The Council Member seat currently held by Iris Darling will be available for a one year term.  

Candidate filing packets will be available in the office of the City Clerk beginning Friday, July 25, 2014, and may be filed with the clerk between 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. from August 1 through August 15, 2014. 

Please return your candidate information bio form and photo to the Kenai Peninsula Borough Clerk office if you wish to be included in the Borough Election Pamphlet. That deadline date will be included with the candidate filing packets.

Questions concerning candidate filing or any other aspect of the election should be directed to the Office of the City Clerk at 224-4046.

Johanna Kinney, CMC
City Clerk

State Primary Election Information

Here is a link regarding important dates for the Primary election:

Registering to Vote or Changing Voting Information.  The last day to register to vote or make any changes to your voting status (such as party affiliation) is July 20, 2014.  If anyone would like to do this locally, the Clerk’s Office can provide this service until close of business on July 18, 2014, as we are not open on the 19th and 20th

If a person would like to send their voter application in on those dates, they can fax it to 907-465-2289 or email .  

Link to the voter registration form:

Absentee In Person Voting:  For the August 19, 2014 primary, people registered in or around the Seward area can vote absentee in person at the City Clerk’s Office beginning Monday, August 4, 2014 during normal business hours, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday.  

Polling Locations:  On election day, the polling place for people registered to vote in the Seward / Lowell Point Precinct is the KM Rae Building at 125 3rd Avenue.  The polling place for those registered in the Bear Creek Precinct is the Bear Creek Fire Hall at mile 5 Seward Highway. 

Absentee By Mail, Voting By Electronic of Faxed Ballot, and Special Needs Voting.  Any voter needing a ballot to be mailed to them can fill out this application form and submit to the address provided on the form:  The deadline to submit this form is August 9, 2014.  

There is additional information on the State website regarding submitting a ballot electronically or by fax: 

During the absentee voting period and on election day, election workers can provide assistance with special needs voting.  The State of Alaska allows a personal representative to physically sign out a ballot and take to a special needs voter.  Contact the City Clerk’s Office if you would like more information on that process.  

Alaska's Primary Structure.  From the state website: 

Alaska law allows a political party to select who may participate in their party's primary. Parties may expand or limit who may participate in their Primary Election by submitting a written notice with a copy of their pre cleared by-laws to the Director of Elections no later than September 1st of the year prior to the year in which a Primary Election is to be held. Based on political party by-laws submitted to the Division of Elections there are three ballot choices: 

  • Alaska Democratic Party, Alaska Libertarian Party and Alaskan Independence Party Candidate with Ballot Measures ballot - any registered voter may vote this ballot; 
  • Alaska Republican Party Candidate with Ballot Measures ballot - voters registered as Republican, Nonpartisan or Undeclared may vote this ballot; and
  • the Ballot Measures Only ballot - any registered voter may vote this ballot.

The political party affiliation listed on a voter's registration record 30 days prior to the election determines which primary ballot type a voter is eligible to vote.

QUESTIONS?  Feel free to contact the Office of the City Clerk, 224-4045 or  

Political Signs in the City of Seward

Campaign Signs Come with the Season

 You might see them just about anywhere in town, those placards planted in the ground along streets and in yards to increase a candidate’s name recognition among voters. 

Whether you like them or not, campaign signs are a traditional part of the political process and come with the election season. Before you place a political sign, please remember to follow the rules.

 The Seward City Code allows political signs not more than 6 square feet per sign in residential districts and 32 square feet per sign in commercial districts. Signs may be displayed no earlier than 30 days prior to any election and shall be removed within 7 days following the election. Signs erected for any primary election that remain relevant to the following general election may be maintained for the period between elections. 

 Please note that signs for the August 19, 2014 primary election may be displayed starting July 19, 2014. For the October 7, 2014 municipal and borough election, signs can be displayed starting September 7, 2014.  For the statewide general and national elections on November 4, 2014, signs can be displayed starting October 4, 2014.  

  If you have questions about the municipal sign rules, you can contact the City of Seward Community Development Department at 224-4049. For more information about state rules, contact the Alaska Public Offices Commission at (907) 276-4176.

City of Seward Ballot (city residents only)

Mayoral Race:

348 votes for Jean Bardarson

85 votes Tim McDonald

10 write in votes

Council Race:

241 votes for Bob Valdatta

273 votes for Vanta Shafer

310 votes for David Squires

328 votes for Christy Terry

13 write in votes

(Election Results for the entire Kenai Peninsula Borough can be found on the Borough’s Election Page:

Johanna Kinney, CMC
City Clerk
City of Seward

City of Seward • P.O. Box 167, 410 Adams Street City Hall Building • Seward, Alaska 99664 • (907) 224-3331
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